Gorilla gives birth with help from doctors who treat people

2017-06-06 19:37
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Philadelphia - A gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo has given birth to a healthy baby after a difficult labour that required medical techniques typically used for delivering humans.

The zoo says a keeper noticed 17-year-old Kira had gone into labour on Thursday. Gorilla labour is typically very quick, but by Friday, it had not progressed and she seemed unwell.

Due to concerns about her and the baby's health, the zoo brought in a team of veterinarians and doctors who treat people. They included an ob-gyn, surgeons and anesthesiologists from hospitals affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University.

After 1½ hours, the team delivered the male baby using forceps and an episiotomy.

Kira has been reunited with the baby and has been continuously cradling and nursing him.

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