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San Diego Baby Gorilla Takes First Bottle

It was the first time the baby gorilla was strong enough to breath on her own since her birth on March 12

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    Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    The newborn gorilla female takes her first bottle of infant formula on March 19, 2014.

    The 8-day old gorilla that has captured hearts around the world since her birth in San Diego took her first bottle Wednesday.

    The baby gorilla quickly gulped down the infant formula fed to her by veterinary staff members at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

    Baby Gorilla Born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    [DGO] Baby Gorilla Born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    This 4.6-pound baby female gorilla was born through a rare emergency C-section at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on March 12, 2014.

    It was the first time the baby was strong enough to breath on her own since her birth on March 12.

    The zoo staff says the female gorilla was "showing great improvement" after being treated for pneumonia.

    It's been a tough week for the newborn who was delivered via emergency C-section.

    She was immediately treated for a collapsed lung and then monitored round-the-clock while in critical care.

    According to the zoo, the baby’s mother, 18-year-old Imani, is doing well after surgery and has returned to her regular habitat.