A baby gorilla is being hand-reared by zookeepers after his mother struggled to care for him.

The two-month-old western lowland gorilla is being bottle-fed and comforted by staff at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Mother Kala gave birth naturally but staff had to step in when she could not give him enough milk.

During the day, he is looked after in the Gorilla House to allow Kala and other apes to see him, smell him and be near him, to ensure he is accepted as a family member.

At night he is cared for by keepers at zoo-owned accommodation on the site.

Lynsey Bugg, the zoo’s mammals curator, said: “Hand-rearing any animal is not a ­decision we take lightly as our ­preference is always for an animal to be reared naturally by its own mother.

The unnamed gorilla is being looked after at Bristol Zoo

“Sadly this doesn’t always happen and in this instance we decided that it was in the baby gorilla’s best interests for us to hand-rear him to ensure he had the best chance of survival.”

Lynsey said keepers would do their best to treat him like a gorilla mum would, making gorilla sounds and expecting him to hold on tight.

This will make reintroduction into the group is as easy for him as possible.

She added: “It’s really important for him that he remains a familiar member of the group, as well as being used to all the sounds, sights and smells of the gorillas.”

The adorable baby is receiving round-the-clock care

Keepers are asking the public to help name the new arrival, by choosing from a shortlist of three deriving from local languages in his native Equatorial Guinea in Africa.

Motuku means “chief of the village”, Hasani means “handsome” and Kidosi is a popular name in Africa.