One of the staff members, Wayne Barratt first noticed something was off when he noticed the mother chinchilla kicking her legs out and making odd noises.
He quickly realized she was giving birth and stayed after hours to oversee the labor, ensuring her safety and that everything went well.
Barratt has since jokingly earned the nickname “midwife” around Saltwell Park.
The baby chinchilla weighed only 2.6 ounces at the time of birth and was has since been named Brenda.
The staff at Gateshead have even affectionately brought toys for her Brenda to play with in her pen.