Philadelphia Zoo Welcomes the Cutest Gorilla Baby You’ll See in Your Life

Despite a very difficult labor, mama Kira gave birth to a healthy baby gorilla at the zoo on Friday, thanks to an emergency medical procedure.

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The zoo says a keeper noticed 17-year-old Kira had gone into labor on Thursday. Gorilla labor is typically very quick, but by Friday, it had not progressed and she seemed unwell.
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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.
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After 1 ½ hours, the team delivered the male baby using forceps and an episiotomy.
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Kira was reunited with the baby by Saturday morning and has been continuously cradling and nursing him.
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