Zoo workers found the baby gorilla dead Friday morning. The baby was being carried around by her mother. Workers let the mother gorilla, 16-year-old Bana, keep the baby for several hours "in order to make peace with what happened."
The zoo says Bana is a first-time mother. The baby's father is Kwan, a 22-year-old silverback gorilla.
The baby was the first Western lowland gorilla born at the zoo since 2005. She had not been named.
In a statement, the zoo says the baby appeared to be fully developed and a cause of death isn't known yet. A necropsy is planned.