It was a happy ending, after all, following a week of medical treatments and constant scrutiny.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park's baby gorilla, born via emergency C-section on March 12, was introduced to her mother, Imani, and other members of her gorilla family on Friday.
It's the first time the baby has had visual interaction with other gorillas or even left the veterinary hospital, according to a description of the video (watch above). In fact, just a week prior to this introduction, she was undergoing surgery for a collapsed lung. When staff determined she had pneumonia, she stayed under intense 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.
Veterinarian Nadine Lamberski worked with the female baby, born Wednesday, all weekend. Lamberski said Monday that the gorilla probably contracted the pneumonia during birth, when, days later, a surgical team also had to fix a collapsed lung.
Veterinarians at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are keeping a close watch over a baby gorilla delivered by C-section last week.
The 4.6-lb. female underwent a procedure on Friday to fix a collapsed lung that seems to have happened during delivery, the Associated Press reports.
An emergency C-section was performed on the first-time mom, Imani, 18, because she was in distress after going into labor on Wednesday. The procedure is rarely performed on gorillas.
Parents, we all know Yuan Yuan's pain, don't we?
The giant panda thought she'd managed to get her cub, Yuan Zai, to bed – only to have her little one scramble away. And for a few precious minutes, Yuan Zai had her run of the enclosure at Taiwan's Taipei Zoo. (Start the above video at the 2:45 mark if you want to get straight to the action.)
But when Yuan Yuan realized where the 7-month-old cub had gotten to, she quickly came out and scooped her up by the fur. Try as Yuan Zai might, there was no convincing her mother to let her stay up late. In fact, Yuan Yuan kept a firm grasp on her baby girl until she fell back to sleep.
You had us at polar bear cub, Toronto Zoo, but watching this adorable baby animal take its first steps is almost too much cuteness to handle.
And the milestone almost didn't happen: one of three cubs born to the Toronto Zoo's female polar bear, Aurora, on Nov. 9, this itty-bitty beauty is the only survivor among its siblings. When the cub was observed no longer moving as strongly as it had before, he was moved to the Wildlife Health Centre, where he remains under constant monitoring.
It's the moment you've been waiting for: The Taipei Zoo's giant panda cub is on display.
And, you guessed it – she's a looker!
Six-month-old Yuan Zai made her public debut on Monday, just days after she was unveiled to the media at the Taiwan zoo on Saturday. (Watch her get ready with her handlers for the big reveal in the video above.)
BBC discovered an underwater life of vice while filming its new TV series Dolphins: Spy in the Pod. Using a fake sea turtle equipped with a camera, the crew was able to get unprecedented access to dolphin pods and their behaviors.
The bizarre footage, which will air in 2014, shows a group of dolphins nudging and chewing on a pufferfish, causing the fish to release its defensive toxins. The mammals then pass the fish around, take in the toxins and appear to go into a trance-like state.
Hey, sleepy heads!
Looks like nothing can wake these adorable twin polar bear cubs from their slumber – even when one tries to nestle closer to the other. And, really, who can blame them? Their mama's fur looks pretty darn cozy!
With New Year's Eve just a day away, you've probably got your evening ensemble and countdown cupcake ready to go.
Unless you're this orangutan.
And judging by the look on his face, you can tell being unprepared is starting to weigh on him. In addition to what to wear and what to serve, there's also decorating to be done. Plus, and we don't want to rub salt into the wound, but someone's going to need to find time to head to the salon.
We weren't really sure what we wanted for the holidays. We told our friends and loved ones to just cover a cat in wrapping paper and call it a day.
But now we know what we want – no, what we need – this year: Penguins. And they have to be dressed up like Santa.
The feathery (and festive!) fellas got into the spirit of the season at South Korea's Everland theme park. Each day until Christmas, visitors are greeted with a mini penguin parade, reports Reuters.
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