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Baby gorilla born via C-section now battling pneumonia

March 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM ET

Baby Gorilla Treated for Pneumonia at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The tiny gorilla who made headlines last week after being born through a rare C-Section is now battling pneumonia. 

The San Diego Zoo Safari tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that the baby girl is being treated for the lung infection, which can make breathing difficult. 

Veterinarian Nadine Lamberski spent the weekend with her and told the Associated Press that she most likely contracted pneumonia when she was born as a surgical team fixed her collapse lung. 

The zoo said in a tweet that the gorilla's mom, 18-year-old Imani, is recovering quickly from the C-section, and that now the primary focus is to get the baby in stable condition. 

While the baby gorilla, who has not yet been named, fights off the infection, fans are chiming in on Twitter to cheer her on. 


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