Baby gorilla delivered by cesarean section at zoo is getting stronger (VIDEO).

Watch a Baby Gorilla Come to Life After a Rare C-Section Birth

Watch a Baby Gorilla Come to Life After a Rare C-Section Birth

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Feb. 24 2016 12:59 PM

Watch Doctors Deliver a Baby Gorilla By Emergency C-Section

A risky procedure pays off at a U.K. zoo.

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Bristol Zoo Gardens

It’s not every day that a baby gorilla is born in captivity—and it’s even rarer for that baby gorilla to be born by cesarean section.

On Feb. 12, both medical doctors and veterinarians rushed to deliver a baby western lowland gorilla at Bristol Zoo Gardens in the U.K. The mother, Kera, was showing signs of preeclampsia, a dangerous condition that also occurs in people in which a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure, protein in her urine, and swelling. The only cure for preeclampsia is delivery of the baby.  

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The zoo’s team of vets evaluated Kera, then medical doctors David Cahill and Aamna Ali from a nearby hospital performed the operation, their first on a gorilla. They delivered a baby gorilla girl weighing in at 2 pounds, 10 ounces. She needed emergency resuscitation as soon as she was born. But the little gorilla pulled through, and after being kept warm, given skin-to-skin contact, and fed formula, a zoo official said the baby is growing stronger. See her for the first time in the video above.