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San Diego Zoo's new baby gorilla has pneumonia

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  • A baby gorilla delivered by a rare emergency cesarean section last week at the San Diego Zoo has pneumonia and is under constant veterinary care.

      A baby gorilla delivered by a rare emergency cesarean section last week at the San Diego Zoo has pneumonia and is under constant veterinary care.
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SAN DIEGO -- A baby gorilla delivered by a rare emergency cesarean section last week at the San Diego Zoo has pneumonia and is under constant veterinary care.

Veterinarian Nadine Lamberski worked with the baby all weekend. She said Monday that the gorilla probably contracted the pneumonia during Friday's birth, when a surgical team also had to fix a collapsed lung.

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The mother gorilla, an 18-year-old named Imani, had never given birth. The zoo says the C-section, rare for a gorilla, was performed because she was in distress after going into labor.

The medical team included vets and two doctors who usually work on humans: a neonatal specialist and an anesthesiologist.

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