VIDEO: Adorable gorilla born via C-section

Posted at 10:01 AM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 14:20:47-05

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.


We’re very excited to announce that a baby Western lowland gorilla has been born at the Zoo after an emergency caesarean...

Posted by Bristol Zoo Gardens on Monday, February 22, 2016