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UK: Baby gorilla delivered by rare caesarean section at Bristol Zoo01:11

UK: Baby gorilla delivered by rare caesarean section at Bristol Zoo

United Kingdom, Bristol
February 23, 2016 at 17:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

A baby Western lowland gorilla was delivered safely after a rare emergency caesarean section procedure at Bristol Zoo, on Friday, February 12. Footage released on Tuesday, shows the female baby ape being delivered and nursed by staff at the zoo.

The 11-day-old female gorilla was delivered after her mother, Kera, showed symptoms of potentially life-threatening pre-eclampsia. The baby girl, who is yet to be named by zookeepers, was born weighing just over a kilo (2lbs 10oz).

Before the baby ape was able to breathe independently, she needed help from veterinarians and experienced gorilla keepers who cared for her, performing assisted ventilation and cardiac massage. The baby's mother Kera is recovering and is being monitored closely by keepers and the zoo's in-house veterinary team.

The birth marks the first time a gorilla has been born by caesarean at the Bristol Zoo and one of only a handful of cases of a c-section gorilla birth worldwide.

Footage courtesy of: Bristol Zoo Gardens

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A baby Western lowland gorilla was delivered safely after a rare emergency caesarean section procedure at Bristol Zoo, on Friday, February 12. Footage released on Tuesday, shows the female baby ape being delivered and nursed by staff at the zoo.

The 11-day-old female gorilla was delivered after her mother, Kera, showed symptoms of potentially life-threatening pre-eclampsia. The baby girl, who is yet to be named by zookeepers, was born weighing just over a kilo (2lbs 10oz).

Before the baby ape was able to breathe independently, she needed help from veterinarians and experienced gorilla keepers who cared for her, performing assisted ventilation and cardiac massage. The baby's mother Kera is recovering and is being monitored closely by keepers and the zoo's in-house veterinary team.

The birth marks the first time a gorilla has been born by caesarean at the Bristol Zoo and one of only a handful of cases of a c-section gorilla birth worldwide.

Footage courtesy of: Bristol Zoo Gardens

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