Caesarean-born baby gorilla fights for life

Last updated 15:31 19/03/2014
Baby gorilla
San Diego Zoo

TOUGH START: San Diego Zoo's baby gorilla, which is suffering from pneumonia.

Baby Gorilla Treated for Pneumonia

Relevant offers

Americas

Parents of autistic boy kept in makeshift cage testify they did best they could WikiLeaks publishes 30,000 leaked Sony documents Man pulls driver to safety at cliff's edge Flight makes emergency landing after worker is trapped in cargo hold Giraffe killer Rebecca Francis hits back at Ricky Gervais Suspect in 2 fatal shootings is dead Police in Houston fatally shoot man following a car chase Video shows Arizona officer ramming suspect with patrol car Gravity Payments founder Dan Price cuts his salary from $US1m to $US70k, doubles staff wages 'Success Kid' meme star raises thousands to save his dad's life

A baby gorilla born in a rare Caesarean section at the San Diego Zoo last week has pneumonia and was treated for a collapsed lung.

The 17th gorilla delivered at the Southern California zoo developed the illness, an inflammation of the lungs with congestion, around the time of her birth, according to a statement from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Tuesday (local time).

"We've been working with the baby all weekend and after having several days of experience treating her, it's pretty obvious that we've been dealing with pneumonia," Nadine Lamberski, associate director of veterinary services at the park, said in a statement.

Zoo spokeswoman Christina Simmons said veterinarians performed a procedure to inflate a collapsed lung on the animal, an endangered western lowland gorilla. "We continue to be cautiously optimistic," she said. The gorilla has not yet been named.

The zoo said the baby's 18-year-old mother, Imani, was recovering well since the birth, which involved delivering the baby through the abdominal wall and uterus. They are among eight gorillas at the zoo.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content