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26 March 2014

Baby gorilla treated for pneumonia united with mom

A baby gorilla, born at the San Diego Zoo, is safely in her mother's arms after being treated for pneumonia.

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The San Diego Zoo says an infant gorilla that was successfully treated for pneumonia after a Caesarean section delivery is in her mother's arms for the first time.

Zoo officials say the 12-day-old female was physically introduced to her mother, Imani, for the first time on Monday morning. Since then the 18-year-old Imani has been constantly cradling and carrying her baby.

The new mom began nursing 3 hours after meeting the baby. Zoo staff will monitor the baby to make sure the newborn gorilla receives enough nutrition.

Nadine Lamberski, associate director of veterinary services at the park, said last week that the unnamed gorilla is developing quickly and normally after undergoing surgery for a collapsed lung.

The gorilla was delivered on March 12, 2014 at the zoo's Safari Park.


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