As the North Carolina Zoo eagerly awaits the birth of a baby gorilla, keepers and head veterinarian Michael Loomis answer some questions about gorilla pregnancy, birth and infant care in this article. Acacia, the 18-year-old female gorilla whose pregnancy was confirmed with a human pregnancy test, will likely deliver on her own, without assistance from staff. Veterinarians may not have an opportunity to examine the infant until it's at least 6 months old, but they'll be keeping a close eye on the pair to ensure the baby is thriving.

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