First look at Afia

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

A BABY go­rilla born by emer­gency cae­sarean has ven­tured out­side for the first time tucked in a sling worn by her keeper.

Afia, whose name means “Fri­day born child” in Ghana­ian, made her de­but out­ing on the is­land en­clo­sure at Bris­tol Zoo Gar­dens.

The seven- week- old West­ern low­land go­rilla is re­ceiv­ing 24hour care by a team of four keep­ers as her mother, Kera, has been crit­i­cally ill.

She was de­liv­ered by emer­gency cae­sarean sec­tion in Fe­bru­ary af­ter Kera showed signs of po­ten­tially life- threat­en­ing pre- eclamp­sia.

This was the first time a go­rilla had been born by the pro­ce­dure at Bris­tol Zoo and one of only a hand­ful of in­stances of it hap­pen­ing world­wide.

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