Newborn gorilla dies at N.C. zoo

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — A baby gorilla that was born last weekend at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, N.C., died overnight Tuesday, WGHP-TV said.

In a press release, a Zoo spokesperson said it’s “one of the saddest events in the history of the North Carolina Zoo.”

The unnamed male baby gorilla was confirmed dead around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

“Although the cause of death may never be certain, zoo staff believe the mother, Acacia, may have inadvertently rolled over on the infant in her sleep.”

The delivery marked the third gorilla birth at the zoo since Aug. 2012. Officials say only five gorillas are born annually in all U.S. zoos on average.

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