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Baby gorilla at San Diego Zoo Safari Park doing well

Baby gorilla at San Diego Zoo Safari Park doing well
The 8-day-old gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is showing great improvement after completing her course of antibiotics for pneumonia. Staff were able to start giving the gorilla bottles with a milk formula that the baby gorilla quickly gulped down. (Tammy Spratt)

SAN DIEGO -- Good news from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park: the 8-day-old gorilla that had been struggling with pneumonia is now stable and "showing great improvement," officials said.

"She's developing normally and very rapidly," said Nadine Lamberski, associate director of veterinary services at the park.

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The baby, as yet unnamed, was born through a rare Caesarian section after its mother experienced distress during labor. Later, the baby underwent emergency surgery for a collapsed lung and was treated for pneumonia.

Now the baby has finished a course of antibiotics and has been able to "quickly gulp down" bottles of milk formula. Her vital signs and breathing patterns are now normal and the baby is growing hair, officials said.

"She's getting a lot of calories and you can see that she changes every day," Lamberski said.

Meanwhile, the mother, 18-year-old Imani, is back with other gorillas.

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