Thursday 3 March 2016

FEBRUARY 23, 2016

Baby gorilla delivered by rare Caesarean section
by Brett Smith

A veterinary surgical team was successfully able to deliver a lowland gorilla by Caesarean section at Bristol Zoo in the United Kingdom after her mother, Kera, showed deadly signs of pre-eclampsia.

According to a press release from Bristol University, the female baby gorilla weighed just 2 pounds, 10 ounces and has yet to be named.

“The birth of any gorilla is a rare and exciting event; but the birth of a baby gorilla by Caesarean section is even more unusual,” said John Partridge, the zoo’s senior curator of animals. “It wasn’t a decision that we took lightly – Kera was becoming quite poorly and we needed to act fast in order to give the best possible treatment to mother and baby, and to avoid the possibility of losing the baby.”

The decision to perform a cesarean section was made after a medical assessment by veterinary medicine experts from the zoo’s in-house vets and experts from nearby Bristol University and St Michael’s Hospital.

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