Baby gorilla delivered via C-section at San Diego Zoo
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 01:08
March 14 - A rare emergency C-section performed on a gorilla at San Diego Zoo delivers 4.6 pound baby female gorilla. Gavino Garay reports.
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A baby female gorilla was born following a rare emergency c-section at the San Diego Zoo on Wednesday.
Despite some complications believed to be related to the difficult labor, Zoo staff has confidence in the 4.6 pound baby.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NADINE LAMBERSKI, SAYING:
"She's extremely strong. She can grasp, she kicks, she's vocal. Has a very strong, supple reflex. She looks around. She can hold her own head up which is pretty amazing."
In the days ahead, an 18-year-old gorilla named Imani had shown signs of labor, but no signs of progress.
She was then transported to the Safari Park veterinary hospital for an emergency c-section.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NADINE LAMBERSKI, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF VETERINARY SERVICES AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK, SAYING:
"In retrospect the C-section was the right decision. We think that the health of the fetus would have been compromised if we had delayed the surgery any longer."
The baby is currently receiving oxygen and fluids from the veterinary hospital, and the mother is recovering.
It's Imani's first baby, and the 17th to be born at the Zoo.
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