On April 23, Prague Zoo received a surprise birth when lowland gorillas Shindy and Richard welcomed a newborn infant into their midst.
Because Zoo staff did not want to interfere with the baby and his protective mother, the sex of the month-old gorilla had yet to be determined, though zoo director Miroslav Bobek hinted that it was “probably” a male.
Yesterday, the Zoo made it official via Facebook: after DNA tests that examined the newborn’s feces, it was determined that he was in fact a boy.
And from today through June 15, you can submit proposals to give him a name through this website.
One proposal will be selected as the infant boy’s name, and a winner will receive a family pass to the zoo, a guided tour of the primates, and an adventure tour that includes making paper from elephant dung.
On Sunday, June 19, at 13:00, the Zoo will hold a Christening ceremony to bestow the new name upon the youngster. They’ll also honor his mother’s 25th birthday: Shindy was born on June 14, 1991.
Here’s the mother with her infant shortly after the birth: