A zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana, has held a rather unusual baby shower. Audubon Zoo hosted the event to celebrate a pregnancy in one of its female gorillas, which is the first time in over 20 years that one of the primates here has fallen pregnant.
Evening Standard reported on the event, noting that the zoo has even set up an online registry so people can donate gifts to the new infant once it arrives.
Staff at the zoo are working with Tumani, the mum to be, on enrichment and training activities to help prepare her for becoming a mother.
The items on the registry include nutritious food for the mother and baby, training aids and enrichment materials. A spokesman for Audubon Zoo commented: “For the first time in over 20 years, Audubon is preparing for the birth of a critically endangered western lowland gorilla, and we are excited to be a part of this important conservation milestone.”
The concept of having a baby shower for a gorilla is certainly a novel one, but the idea of an online gift registry, or sending gifts through the post to expectant and new parents, is a great one in the current climate.
If you have a friend or family member who has recently had a baby, sending them a newborn baby gift set could be the ideal way to welcome the new member of their family if you are unable to meet in person.
Last month we offered some advice about shopping for baby showers, noting that practical presents are often the ones that are most appreciated by new parents, while if you’re buying clothing it’s always best to get a size or two bigger than you think they’ll need.