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Have a look at this gorgeous baby gorilla as she sees the outside world for the first time
Afia is one of a small number of gorillas worldwide to have been born by caesarean section.

MEET AFIA, BRISTOL Zoo’s seven-week-old baby gorilla.

She was delivered last month by caesarean section, weighing just over a kilo, and has been getting round-the-clock care since then.

Baby gorilla born at Bristol Zoo Andrew Matthews / PA Wire/Press Association Images Andrew Matthews / PA Wire/Press Association Images / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Staff at the zoo say Afia, whose name was chosen in a public vote, is developing well and gaining strength while being closely monitored by a small team of gorilla keepers.

And she was finally introduced to the world yesterday as she made her first trip outdoors in a sling worn by her keeper, Lynsey Bugg.

Look at her blinking here, all snuggled up, in front of the cameras:

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Afia’s mother, Kera, is recovering from a critical illness and the zoo said it was not yet clear if she would accept the baby.

“Our other female gorilla, Romina, is showing strong maternal signs towards her,” it said.

“Keepers are now exploring the possibility of Romina fostering the infant in the future.”

More: Take a break and watch this Irish mum’s reaction to a virtual reality headset

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