Gorilla and Baby Doing Well at San Diego Zoo Safari Park


SAN DIEGO — More improvement was reported Tuesday from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the saga of gorilla Imani and her 13-day-old baby.

Both have had their medical challenges. Imani needed a Caesarian-section to deliver. Her baby underwent surgery for a collapsed lung and then treatment for pneumonia.

On Monday, the pair were in contact for the first time. And on Tuesday, they walked into their outdoor exhibit with other gorillas — an adult male, three adult females, and two young males — watching from a distance.

At 18, Imani was old for a first-time gorilla mother. Zookeepers worried whether she would have the necessary maternal instinct.

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