Sadly, the employees from the Louisville Zoo announced that one of the female gorillas passed away on Tuesday morning. Mia Moja, a 27-year-old gorilla, died due to birth-related complications. The zookeepers decided to subject Mia to a full necropsy to determine what led to the primate’s premature death.
Louisville’s Zoo announced the early death of female gorilla. According to the Zoo’s statements, the Mia Moja a 27-year-old gorilla passed away on Tuesday morning, after the vets were forced into performing an emergency cesarean section.
The zookeepers from Louisville said that ever since Mia got pregnant, she had all sort of issues. Probably the most severe one was intense vaginal bleeding. According to the OB-GYN team who assisted the vet when performing the C-section procedure, three weeks before the term, Mia’s hemorrhage became acuter.
This is the reason why, the team OB-GYM, together with the zoo’s vets decided that only way to ensure that both mother and infant will live is to perform a C-section on the gorilla.
The procedure has been performed on Monday. After an hour, the doctors manage to deliver the baby gorilla which, according to their statements, was underweight.
Although the baby gorilla survived the procedure and it is stable, the doctors said that its condition is still critical and must always be supervised.
Unfortunately, due to massive bleeding and other birth-related complication, Mia passed away on Monday morning, despite the doctor’s attempts to resuscitate the animal.
John Walczak, the director of the Louisville Zoo, declared that this is an unfortunate turn of events. Moreover, he also said that Mia’s death was indeed heartbreaking and that the Zoo is doing everything in its power to determine what went wrong.
To this extent, the director ordered a full necropsy in order to determine the exact reasons that led to Mia’s demise.
In the meantime, the zoo’s has taken all precautions to ensure that Mia’s offspring will survive its first week of life. Apart from over the clock monitoring, the baby gorilla, which has yet to receive a name, will be bottle fed with a particular formula and another team of medical examiners from the University of Louisville will drop in regularly to see how the infant is doing.
As far as Mia’ death is concerned, the director had every reason to order a full necropsy still gorillas are an endangered species. To increase the quality of care, the first concern we should address is what led to the downfall of a primate.