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Baby gorilla at San Diego Zoo Safari Park doing well

Pneumonia

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.

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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