Meet the baby Gorilla born by caesarean section

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**Embargoed until 00.01am Tuesday, February 23rd 2016 ** The gorrila infant which was born as the result of an emergency caesarean procedure on the Western lowland gorilla Kera. See SWNS story SWGORILLA; A baby Western lowland gorilla has been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens after an emergency caesarean procedure. The 11 day old infant, a girl, was delivered after the mother, Kera, showed symptoms of potentially life-threatening pre-eclampsia. The baby is yet to be named and was born weighing just over a kilo (2lbs 10oz). She needed help from vets before she was able to breathe independently, but is now doing well, being hand-reared round the clock by a small team of experienced gorilla keepers. Kera is recovering and is being monitored closely by keepers and the Zooís in-house veterinary team. It is the first time a gorilla has been born by caesarean at Bristol Zoo, and one of only a handful of instances of it occurring worldwide. It is still very early days and the baby is not yet on show to the public.

This tiny baby gorilla, is the first in Britain to have been delivered by caesarean section.
Prof David Cahill and Dr Aamna Ali carried out the op after mum Kera, 11, suffered life-threatening pre-eclampsia.It was feared mum and unborn baby could die if she went into labour.

Eight zoo-keepers carried the 20-stone gorilla into a clinic at the zoo after Kera was given an anaesthetic in her compound,Daily Mirror reports.
Prof Cahill, who has done 3,000 C-sections on humans, said:

“Along with having my own children, this is probably one of the biggest achievements of my life and something I will certainly never forget.”I’ve since been back to see the baby and she has fattened up quite nicely. I held her for ten minutes and that was very special.”They have an unusually strong grip and she was clinging onto my finger and
my shirt very tightly.”

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Only a handful of gorillas worldwide have been delivered by caesarean.

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