Baby gorilla doing well after delivery by emergency C-section
A mother gorilla and her baby are doing fine in a British zoo after a very rare delivery by emergency caesarean surgery. (Bristol Zoo)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:48AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 24, 2016 9:05AM EST
LONDON -- A mother gorilla and her baby are doing fine in a British zoo after a very rare delivery by emergency caesarean surgery.
The infant was born 11 days ago by surgical intervention after the mother showed signs of a potentially life-threatening illness.
Bristol Zoo officials said Tuesday the as-yet unnamed female baby needed help breathing at first but is now doing well and being treated around-the-clock by experienced gorilla keepers. The baby's mother, Kera, is also recovering.
The baby was delivered by Prof. David Cahill, a gynecologist experienced at delivering human babies by caesarean. It was the first time he had used the procedure to deliver a gorilla.
He said there were signs the baby was unwell in her mother's uterus and needed to be delivered as quickly as possible.
We’d like to say a huge, thank you to everyone that has sent well wishes to Kera, the baby, our fantastic gorilla keepers & vets. (1/2)— Bristol Zoo Gardens (@BristolZooGdns) February 24, 2016
Kera was extremely poorly for a number of days after the birth, it has been a long recovery & she is starting to do much better. (2/2)— Bristol Zoo Gardens (@BristolZooGdns) February 24, 2016