The 17th gorilla delivered at the Southern California zoo
developed the illness, an inflammation of the lungs with
congestion, around the time of her birth, according to a
statement from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
"We've been working with the baby all weekend and after having
several days of experience treating her, it's pretty obvious
that we've been dealing with pneumonia," Nadine Lamberski,
associate director of veterinary services at the park, said in a
Zoo spokeswoman Christina Simmons said veterinarians performed a
procedure to inflate a collapsed lung on the animal, an
endangered western lowland gorilla. "We continue to be
cautiously optimistic," she said. The gorilla has not yet been
The zoo said the baby's 18-year-old mother, Imani, was
recovering well since the birth, which involved delivering the
baby through the abdominal wall and uterus. They are among eight
gorillas at the zoo.
(Reporting by Marty Graham in San Diego,
writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; editing by Cynthia Johnston)
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