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Doctors perform rare C-section on gorilla

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This photo provided by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park shows the animal care staff tending to a one-day-old baby girl gorilla who was born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park after an emergency c-section procedure Wednesday March, 12, 2014. Safari Park keeper Jennifer Minichino carefully holds the new baby while Dr. Jack Allen, examines the newborn gorilla. Imani is recovering from surgery in the familiar surroundings of the gorilla bedroom area. This is the first baby for Imani and the 17th gorilla to be born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo Safari Park)AP2014

Veterinarians at the San Diego Zoo have performed an operation on a newborn gorilla that was delivered by cesarean section.

The zoo says the 4.6-pound female was born Wednesday but seemed to have breathing problems. On Friday morning, a team fixed a collapsed lung that probably occurred during delivery.

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

Neonatologist Dawn Reeves says the patient was different from human babies because, among other things, she can grab with both her hands and her feet.

The gorilla will be monitored around the clock as she recovers.

The mother gorilla, named Imani, had never given birth. The zoo says an emergency C-section was performed because she was in distress after going into labor.