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UPDATE: Baby gorilla dies at the Milwaukee County Zoo

UPDATE: A baby gorilla who died before she reached a month old at the Milwaukee County Zoo didn

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UPDATED Friday, April 18, 2014 --- 7:21 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A baby gorilla who died before she reached a month old at the Milwaukee County Zoo didn't have any signs of trauma.

In a statement Friday, zoo officials said the necropsy, or animal autopsy, showed no bruising, hemorrhage or obvious birth defects in Kassiu (CASH'-yoo).

Zookeepers reported Kassiu and her mother appeared normal Wednesday morning. But by the afternoon, Kassiu appeared weak and stopped holding onto her mother. The zoo's medical staff examined the baby and gave her fluids, glucose and antibiotics. A neonatologist and pediatrician were also called in, but Kassiu died Wednesday evening.

Zoo officials are waiting on blood and other tests, which could take a few months.

The western lowland gorilla was born March 19 to 13-year-old mother Naku and 27-year-old father Cassius.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 --- 11:42 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A baby gorilla born less than a month ago at the Milwaukee County Zoo has died.

The gorilla, named Kassiu, was born March 19 to 13-year-old mother Naku and 27-year-old father Cassius.

In a statement Thursday, the officials said zookeepers reported the baby and mother appeared normal Wednesday morning. But by the afternoon, Kassiu appeared weak and stopped holding onto her mother, as newborn gorillas do.

The zoo's medical staff examined the baby and gave her fluids, glucose and antibiotics. A neonatologist and pediatrician were also called in, but Kassiu died Wednesday evening.

Zoo officials say the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine will perform a complete necropsy, or animal autopsy. Preliminary results are expected in a few days but a complete report might take several months.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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