Meet the latest addition to the Prague Zoo: Day old baby gorilla is being comforted in her mother Shinda's arms

The unexpected arrival of this adorable baby gorilla has delighted visitors at Prague Zoo

    The unexpected arrival of an adorable baby delighted visitors on Sunday
    Keepers were entirely unaware that its 24-year-old mother was pregnant
    She had suffered miscarriages in the past but this time baby was healthy
    Zoo previously hosted a gorilla 'reality show' screened on Czech state TV

The unexpected arrival of this adorable baby gorilla has delighted visitors at Prague Zoo.

Workers were unaware that its mother, called Shinda, was pregnant, so were delighted after the successful birth.

The 24-year-old, who has had a number of miscarriages, was seen cradling the newborn in her arms.

The baby was born on Saturday and visitors were able to view it the next day.

Zoo keepers reportedly thought her swollen stomach was a sign she was overweight.

Shinda, who arrived at Prague Zoo in October 2003, has battled with her size in the past, and reportedly once had to have her diet halved.

The new baby will now take up residence in the gorilla pavilion alongside Richard, a silverback male, and Bikira, a female.

The enclosure flooded in August 2002, but since then has had a brighter history.

On December 13, 2004, keepers celebrated the birth of the first baby gorilla in the whole Czech Republic.

In 2007, tens of thousands of people watched the arrival of another gorilla via webcam.

The year before, Czech state TV filmed a gorilla 'reality show' in the enclosure with 16 hidden cameras. Viewers were asked to vote for their favourite character.
Workers were unaware that its mother, called Shinda, was pregnant, so were delighted after the successful birth The 24-year-old, who has had a number of miscarriages, was seen cradling the newborn in her arms


In 2007, tens of thousands of people watched the arrival of another gorilla via a webcam, in one of the most high-profile events since the zoo opened in 1931 

HAS THE WORLD GONE BANANAS? THE GORILLAS WHO BECAME REALITY TV STARS

Perhaps the most bizarre reality television show ever took place at Prague Zoo in November 2005.

Czech state TV installed sixteen cameras around the gorilla pavilion and broadcast footage of their daily lives.

Highlights were shown twice every morning on breakfast television.
Kijivu - a female gorilla who would go on to star in the TV show - holds her daughter Moja at the Prague Zoo
Viewers were even asked to text in and vote for their favour contestants - with all the money raised helping to fund conservation.

Richard, despite only male of the group, managed to avoid embarrassing himself in front of the cameras - unlike many of his human equivalents.

The programme's producer, Miroslav Bobek, told the BBC at the time: 'We are giving people information about animals, their behaviour and looking for similarities with people, with our world.'