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Afia, Bristol Zoo’s new baby gorilla emerges outside for the first time with Lynsey Bugg, Curator of mammals. Bristol. 30 March 2016. See SWNS story SWGORILLA; A rare baby gorilla has become the first in the UK to be successfully born after an emergency caesarean – performed by a top gynaecologist. The remarkable operation was carried out after mother Kera, a critically-endangered Western lowland gorilla, was diagnosed with life-threatening pre-eclampsia. Tests revealed her baby was becoming unresponsive and keepers at Bristol Zoo called in doctors from the local NHS maternity hospital. They successfully carried out an emergency c-section on the 11 year-old mother – delivering the yet-to-be named baby girl weighing 2lbs 10oz on February 12.

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