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Baby gorilla with tough birth shows independence

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 - 01:11

Three months after being delivered via a rare emergency C-section, Baby Joanne starts to show her wild side. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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She may be attached to her mother, but this young gorilla is starting to show her spunk. Just three months after coming to the San Diego Zoo via emergency C-section, Joanne's proving her independence. And even stealing her mom's food. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JAMI PAWLOWSKI, KEEPER AT SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK SAYING: "Anything that Immune is holding that's quite large the baby often will reach for. So, while Immune is eating browse she'll grab a handful of it and kind of mouth it. She's got about six teeth we think now so, it's not enough to chew up a piece of browse but she definitely mouths at it and kind of sucks on it." After her delivery, Baby Joanne suffered from a collapsed lung, was hospitalized and treated for pneumonia. She pulled through, much to the delight of her siblings. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JAMI PAWLOWSKI, KEEPER AT SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK SAYING: "We've seen Frank and Monroe be pretty interested in Joanne. They'll come by and take a peek and sniff at her, um, she's a little too young to play just as roughly as they do but as she gets older she'll probably be a tough little girl with two older bothers." Tough indeed. This endangered western lowland gorilla is a fighter -- one that gets adoring stares from zoo guests.

Baby gorilla with tough birth shows independence

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 - 01:11

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