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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --6/22/18-- Sekani, a Western Lowland Gorilla, holds her new baby Friday afternoon at the Little Rock Zoo. The baby, born Wednesday is the third born to Sekani and the third born at the Little Rock Zoo. - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

The Little Rock Zoo is celebrating the birth of a baby gorilla.

The western lowland gorilla was born Wednesday. In a news release Friday, zoo officials said the mom and infant were doing well.

The pair can be seen periodically throughout the day in the Great Apes exhibit, the release said.

The baby, whose sex has not been determined, is the third gorilla born at the zoo and the first since 2012, zoo Director Susan Altrui said Friday in a statement.

The little ape has not yet been named.

"The Little Rock Zoo is thrilled at the birth of our third baby gorilla," Altrui said. "This birth contributes to the conservation of a very critically endangered animal, and we're proud to support conservation work."

Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered because of poaching and disease, zoo officials said, and their numbers have declined more than 60 percent over the past 20 years.

Metro on 06/23/2018

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