Baby gorilla born via c-section has pneumonia

This photo provided by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park shows the animal care staff tending to a one-day-old baby girl gorilla who was born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park after an emergency c-section procedure Wednesday March, 12, 2014. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo Safari Park)
March 18, 2014 1:18:11 PM PDT
A baby gorilla delivered by a rare emergency cesarean section last week at the San Diego Zoo has pneumonia and is under constant veterinary care.

Veterinarian Nadine Lamberski worked with the baby all weekend. She said Monday that the gorilla probably contracted the pneumonia during Friday's birth, when a surgical team also had to fix a collapsed lung.

The mother gorilla, an 18-year-old named Imani, had never given birth. The zoo says the C-section, rare for a gorilla, was performed because she was in distress after going into labor.

The medical team included vets and two doctors who usually work on humans: a neonatal specialist and an anesthesiologist.


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