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Endangered baby gorilla makes debut at Texas zoo

March 14, 2019 09:03 PM

DALLAS, TX (NBC) -- A baby gorilla made its debut at a zoo in Texas. 

Western lowland gorilla Megan, who is 13, delivered a healthy infant in the early morning hours of March 7 at the Dallas zoo.

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On Thursday, Megan made her way out into the gorilla habitat, debuting her week-old baby.

The zoo says Megan continues to keep her baby very close to her, so the gender has not yet been confirmed.

Zoo officials are hoping the baby will breathe new life into an ongoing effort to save the critically endangered gorillas in the wild and their habitat.

In order to achieve that, the zoo is asking for old or unused cell phones and electric devices, so they can recycle them.

Experts believe one of the main reasons the gorilla population in the wild is declining is because their habitat is being decreased due to mining for metal that is used to make electronics.

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