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Baby gorilla born via c-section thriving at Safari Park

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The gorilla born at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park is almost four months old and has been named Joanne, the zoo announced Thursday.

The gorilla was born March 12 when veterinarians performed a cesarean section on her mother, 18-year-old Imani. It was decided to forego a natural birth when Imani made no progress after showing signs of labor earlier in the day.

Joanne, named after Joanne Warren, the first chairwoman of the San Diego Zoo Global Foundation, struggled for several days after but is now healthy and has teeth, according to the zoo.

While the mother and her baby are usually inseparable, Imani has recently been letting Joanne sit and explore on her own.

Keepers report that Joanne has mastered rolling over onto her stomach and has gotten comfortable propping herself up on all fours and scooting forward.

While she's not yet eating solid foods, the young gorilla has been chewing and mouthing at items in her reach, such as acacia browse and other greens like lettuce and kale, which helps with the teething process.

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