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Gorilla delivered in emergency C-section is growing, getting round-the-clock care at Fort Worth Zoo

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A baby gorilla was delivered early via an emergency cesarean section at the Forth Worth Zoo last month after her mother faced “life-threatening complications,” the zoo announced.


The baby — named Jameela, which means “beautiful” in Swahili — weighed just 3 pounds and 1 ounce when she was born four to six weeks early Jan. 5, the Fort Worth Zoo said in a series of Facebook updates. Her mom has made a full recovery.


The zoo said the animal’s mom, Sekani, was showing signs of preeclampsia, which it described as “a serious blood-pressure condition that can occur during pregnancy in both humans and primates.”


After zoo staff and veterinarians consulted with human experts, including a local obstetrician and neonatologist, the team decided the emergency C-section would give both Jameela and Sekani the greatest chance at life.