Baby Gorilla is Born at Zoo in Rare Emergency C-Section
An unprecedented emergency Cesarean was performed in the U.K. earlier this month - not on a human, but on a gorilla.
Kera, a Western Iowland gorilla, was rushed into emergency surgery at the Bristol Zoo - the first time a gorilla had been birthed by C-section at the zoo, and one of only a handful of times around the world.
Her mom, Kera, was suffering from high blood pressure and what seemed to be life-threatening pre-eclampsia, experts determined. Veterinarians believed that the baby was also in life-threatening danger at the time.
The Bristol Zoo said that the best course of action was to bring in Professor David Cahill, a professor in reproductive medicine and a gynecologist.
"The birth of any gorilla is a rare and exciting event, but the birth of a baby gorilla by Cesarean section is even more unusual," Cahill said in a press release.
The baby gorilla was born weighing 2lbs, 10oz and initially needed help breathing.
The unnamed baby is now doing well, and is receiving round-the-clock care from experienced gorilla keepers, the Bristol Zoo reported on Facebook.
She is not yet ready to be on show to the public.
While Cahill is experienced in delivering human babies by C-section, this was his first time delivering a baby gorilla in this manner.
“Along with having my own children, this is probably one of the biggest achievements of my life and something I will certainly never forget," Cahill said.