Due to concerns about her and the baby's health, the zoo brought in a team from the veterinary and human medical field.
Using tools and procedures similar to those applied to standard human births, the doctors were able to successfully deliver Kira's first-born on June 2 after about an hour and a half, the zoo announced on Tuesday. Kira went into labor last Friday but began struggling. "She was a great older sister to younger siblings and has been very attentive while our other female gorilla, Honi, has raised baby Armani".
A similar team was in place for a gorilla birth at the zoo past year, but the emergency response wasn't needed. They used forceps and snipped the mother to safely deliver an adorable baby gorilla after 1 1/2 hours.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists western lowland gorillas as critically endangered in the wild.
"Though Kira is a first-time mom, we're not surprised she's acting like an expert already", said Dr. Andy Baker, Philadelphia Zoo's chief operating officer.
The delivery followed a hard labor for Kira, a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla, said Andy Baker, the zoo's chief operating officer. Officials say it was the first assisted vaginal delivery for a gorilla that the zoo is aware of since 2000.
The zoo said Kira has been cradling him nonstop and nursing him while dad Motuba stays close to protect his family, a common role for gorilla fathers.