Baby gorilla born by C-section at Bristol Zoo

Published Tuesday, Feb 23 2016, 19:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
One of the first-ever baby gorillas to arrive by C-section has been born at Bristol zoo.

Bristol Zoo welcomed a baby gorilla

© Bristol Zoo Gardens

The baby is now doing well

The beautiful 11-day-old's mother, Kera, was showing signs of life-threatening pre-eclampsia. Vets had to rush her in for an emergency Caesarean.

While she wasn't able to breathe on her own at first, the little one (who is yet to be named) is now doing well.

She's being hand-reared by in-house Zoo vets, and this is the first gorilla to ever be born this way at Bristol zoo.

Senior curator of animals, John Partridge, said: "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.

"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."

We wish mum and baby well!

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