LOUISVILLE, KY (March 15, 2016) – A gorilla at the Louisville Zoo died from complications after giving birth. According to the zoo, a female gorilla baby was born via emergency cesarean section to gorilla Mia Moja, 27, at 12:35 p.m. on Monday.
Sadly, Mia Moja passed away around 8 a.m. on Tuesday. A full post mortem examination will be performed on Mia to determine the cause of death.
According to zoo officials, the baby arrived about three weeks early.
Senior Staff Veterinarian Gyimesi said Mia was experiencing unusual bleeding. “Her condition was considered life-threatening and a decision was made to examine her. A surgical team was quickly assembled and an emergency cesarean section was elected for the good of mom and baby.”
The baby gorilla is in critical condition and is being monitored by gorilla keeper staff. She weighed 3 pounds and 9 ounces at birth and was 14 inches long, close to the average size of a full term gorilla baby.
She was monitored overnight and bottle fed Similac special care formula for premature babies every two hours by the Zoo’s gorilla care staff.
“It has been a very tough 24 hours for us. Welcoming a new baby is always exciting, but losing Mia is heartbreaking. These life events are even more impactful and extraordinary when we are talking about endangered species,” says Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak.