Gorilla is born by caesarean section - level 3
You would be mistaken for thinking this is just a rather hairy human baby, but it's actually a rare baby gorilla. The baby girl is the first gorilla to be successfully born by emergency caesarean in the UK, after her mother Ciara was diagnosed with life-threatening pre-eclampsia.
The as-yet-unnamed baby weighed in at just over a kilo. And although, she needed help from vets so she could breath independently, is now doing well and even showing signs of personality.
“She's got quite a strong character. She's very forthright just like her mother. She lets us know when she's awake. She let's us know when she's ready for a feed. So, she is quite bold and gregarious already.”
It's believed that this is the second or third time a baby gorilla has been born by caesarean section in the UK, but the first time the infant has survived. Unusually, the caesarean section was carried out by a human gynaecologist and perhaps even more unusually, there isn't as much difference between a human and gorilla caesarean as might be thought.
“In terms of when the operation started and when we went through it, actually it was very similar. The tissues are very much the same. All the things that we did were just like all the things like what we would did if we were doing a caesarean section on a human.”
The as-yet-unnamed baby will continue to be hand-reared before the public get a chance to meet the adorable bundle of joy.
Difficult words: caesarean section (opening the mother’s abdomen and taking out the baby), pre-eclampsia (a condition in pregnancy characterised by high blood pressure), forthright (direct and outspoken), bold (not afraid of taking risk), gregarious (living in groups or organised communities), in terms (with regard to, with reference to), tissue (material which makes up the body), hand-reared (fed and taken care of until it is fully grown), adorable (lovable), bundle of joy (a baby).
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