Cincinnati gorilla pregnant after 8-year lull

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CINCINNATI (AP) — A gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo is pregnant in what would be the facility's first gorilla birth in nearly eight years.

Asha, an 11-year-old lowland gorilla, is due to give birth this summer.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( that another gorilla at the zoo, 12-year-old Anju (AH'-noo), also could be pregnant soon. Like Asha, zoo officials took Anju off birth control at the recommendation of the Gorilla Species Survival Plan, a Maryland-based association that manages gorilla breeding in North America.

With 48 births, Cincinnati has had one of the world's most successful gorilla breeding programs.

But the most recent birth was in 2006. The zoo put its breeding program on hold under guidelines by the Maryland group to make sure Cincinnati's gorillas weren't overrepresented in the captive gene pool.


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