Neglected baby gorilla treated in hospital

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3 July 2007, Muenster, Germany (dpa) - A baby gorilla neglected by her mother was heading for a new home on Monday after undergoing emergency treatment for dehydration and hypothermia in a German hospital. The six-week-old ape, named Mary Zwo, was taken to a gorilla breeding centre in Stuttgart after spending part of the weekend in the paediatric department of Muenster University Clinic. The baby gorilla was admitted to hospital on Saturday and placed in an incubator after she was found semi-conscious in t

3 July 2007

Muenster, Germany (dpa) - A baby gorilla neglected by her mother was heading for a new home on Monday after undergoing emergency treatment for dehydration and hypothermia in a German hospital.

The six-week-old ape, named Mary Zwo, was taken to a gorilla breeding centre in Stuttgart after spending part of the weekend in the paediatric department of Muenster University Clinic.

The baby gorilla was admitted to hospital on Saturday and placed in an incubator after she was found semi-conscious in the arms of her mother at Muenster zoo.

She was released the following day and returned to the zoo where she was checked over by a vet and found to be in a stable condition and able to travel, Zoo director Joerg Adler said.

Mary Zwo was placed in a special car seat for babies and accompanied by a keeper on her journey to the southern city of Stuttgart where she will be raised with other infant gorillas.

Media reports said Mary Zwo and her mother Gana had been separated from the other gorillas in Muenster zoo after Mary Two's father N'Kwango repeatedly attacked the mother and baby.

After the separation, Gana appeared to pine for the other gorillas and neglected her baby as a result.

Germany has been in the grip of animal fever since early this year when a polar bear cub called Knut attracted global media interest after suggestions he be put down when he was abandoned by his mother.

Almost one million visitors have made their way to Berlin's zoo to see the now seven-month-old bear cub, who is being raised by a human trainer.

DPA

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