Baby gorilla delivered by C-Section at San Diego Zoo

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 14, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 1:23 PM

SAN DIEGO—An infant gorilla has been delivered by a rare animal Caesarean-Section at the San Diego Zoo.

The 18-year-old mother Imani gave birth to a 4.6 pound female infant. The baby was later put in intensive care to receive oxygen and supplemental fluids at a veterinary hospital.

“She’s extremely strong, she can grasp and she kicks. She’s vocal, has a very strong suckle reflex, she looks around. She can hold her own head up which is pretty Amazing,” said Nadine Lamberski, associate director of veterinary services, San Diego Zoo.

The vets say the C-Section was the right decision, because the health of the fetus would have been compromised if they’d delayed surgery any longer.

The Safari Park at the San Diego Zoo is now home to eight gorillas.

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