Pets and Vets: Veterinarians at San Diego Zoo Safari Park perform C-section on gorilla
Animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are caring for a newborn female gorilla after it was delivered by a rare emergency C-section, according to a zoo release.
The baby, which has not been named yet, was full term, weighed 4.6 pounds and was delivered by a team of San Diego Zoo global staff and outside consultants, including a veterinary surgeon and human neonatal specialists from University of California-San Diego Medical Center.
The baby gorilla is being monitored closely since it showed signs of pneumonia, which the team says it acquired just prior to or immediately after birth. Imani is recovering from surgery in the gorilla bedroom area, according to the release. Once the baby is well, she will be reunited with her mother. This is Imani's first baby and the 17th to be born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.