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UK Gorilla Doing Well After Delivery by Emergency C-Section

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    A mother gorilla and her baby are doing well in a British zoo after a very rare delivery by emergency cesarean surgery. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016)

    A mother gorilla and her baby are doing fine in a British zoo after a very rare delivery by emergency cesarean 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 cesarean. 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.

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