Science: Baby Gorilla

About 8:40 one morning last week, Warren Deane Thomas, a 26-year-old Ohio State University graduate student and employee of the Columbus Zoo, walked into the monkey house to feed the animals. When he reached the cage of Christina, a nine-year-old, 280-lb. gorilla, he found her squatting listlessly in a far corner, indifferent to the hard-boiled egg he held. Then he saw why: on the floor squirmed a baby gorilla—probably the first ever born in captivity.

The birth came as a surprise, since zoo officials knew that Christina was pregnant, but had little idea what a gorilla's gestation period is (in Christina's case...

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