It’s a BOY! Big news came out of the Sedgwick County Zoo when chimpanzee Mahale gave birth to a baby boy on Nov. 15 at 12:48 p.m. via C-section.
The Sedgwick County Zoo announced the news Wednesday afternoon.
After laboring through the morning, the animal care team noticed changes in her progress and the decision was made to intervene surgically.
Drs. Laura Whisler and Janna Chibry of College Hill OB-GYN were on hand to perform the cesarean section with the Zoo’s veterinary team. The pair have consulted with Sedgwick County Zoo veterinarians on all great ape pregnancies for the past decade – most recently delivering Sumatran Orangutan Lily via C-section in 2018.
Mahale is recovering very well behind-the-scenes. Baby received treatment and bottle feedings from the animal care team overnight due to low oxygen levels. Today, he is doing very well and the team feels that he’ll be ready to be reunited with mom very soon. Mom and baby will remain behind-the-scenes until it’s clear that they are both healthy and bonded.
This is the third offspring for Mahale, 28, and an important birth for the chimpanzee population. Chimpanzees are listed as endangered and wild populations are decreasing due to habitat loss and poaching for bushmeat.
Be sure to keep an eye on the Zoo’s Facebook Page for updates. For a video, watch below!
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