The San Diego Zoo couldn’t wait for their 18-year-old gorilla Imani to deliver her new baby, but she was making little progress in labor. So instead the baby was delivered by caesarian section, a rarity for gorillas.
The Zoo took every precaution to protect the full term, 4.6 lb baby supplementing their team of San Diego Zoo staff with a veterinary surgeon and human neonatal specialists from UCSD Medical Center. Due to complications from the difficult birth, the baby gorilla is being kept in the veterinary hospital, but even that couldn’t stop her from being adorable. Only a gorilla that cute can rock the knit cap-oxygen mask look.