Adorable baby gorilla born safely with the help of a huge medical team
A pregnant gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo found herself in distress and veterinarians were joined by obstetricians to help out.
The result of all this teamwork is pretty perfect.
Kira, the 17-year-old mother, and Motuba, the 32-year-old father, were expecting a bundle of joy when Kira's labor did not progress.
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Nature was not running a healthy course and veterinarians were called in to help with the birth. Additionally, obstetricians were also hired to help since a gorilla's physiology is similar to humans.
She was given anesthesia and was able to have an assisted vaginal birth. Her bouncing baby boy was born healthy weighing in at 5 lbs, zero ounces.
Western lowland gorillas, like Kira and Motuba, are critically endangered and so facilitating their survival is important.
Thankfully the zoo now has two babies in residence. Kira's new baby and his sibling, Amani, through the same father. I'm thinking these two little guys had better get used to hearing a lot of awwws.