Gorilla gets human assist to deliver baby at Philadelphia Zoo


There’s one lucky gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo.

A week ago, a young and very pregnant Kira, a western lowland gorilla, went into labor. After progressing nicely, she began to tire and show signs of distress, so emergency measures were taken.

A team of veterinarians and doctors who treat humans gathered quickly and worked together to assist Kira through delivery. With their help, she gave birth to the 5-pound male who has yet to be named.

Dr. Keith Hinshaw, the zoo’s director of animal health, was there for the labor and delivery. WHYY’s Morning Edition host Jennifer Lynn spoke with him about the birth — and how important it is to speak up for critically endangered species.

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