NOW LIVE: Eyewitness News

Philadelphia Zoo Gorilla Gives Birth To Healthy Baby After Difficult Labor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It wasn’t your typical birth as human doctors assisted veterinarians to deliver a baby gorilla at the Philadelphia zoo.

The male Western Lowland gorilla was born on Friday to mom 17-year old Kira.

This 93-Year-Old Bride Needs Your Help Picking Her Wedding Dress

Zoo Keepers say the birth process wasn’t easy, and became concerned for the health of Kira and the baby when labor appeared not to be progressing.

Dr. Andy Baker, Philadelphia Zoo’s Chief Operating Officer says when concerns for the Kira began to grow an unique medical staff was called in.

“We had an OBYGN on call, an anesthesiologist on call, human surgeons on call. They they were able to pull the group together quickly put Kira under Anesthesia and determine that in fact the baby was very close to delivery.” He said, Kira “appeared in good shape and so moved her up to our veterinary hospital and in a very short amount of time we were able to deliver a baby without have to go to a c-section.”

8-Year-Old Girl’s Soccer Team Disqualified Because She ‘Looks Like A Boy’

After 1.5 hours the team delivered a healthy 5 pound baby.

He may one day grow to be as big as his father Motuba the 450 pound silverback.

The other members of the gorilla troop are the newborns half sister, 9-moth-old Amani and her mother Honi.

More from John McDevitt
Comments

One Comment

  1. Looks like the Germantown maternity ward.

Comments are closed.

More From CBS Philly

Getaway Guide: Best Of The Jersey Cape Clams
Videos
Fourth Of July Fashion Guide

Watch & Listen LIVE