Milwaukee zoo's baby gorilla had no trauma

April 19, 2014

In this photo taken March 26th at the Milwaukee County Zoo, Kassiu is held by her mother Naku Milwaukee. The baby gorilla born less than a month ago has unexpectedly died, the zoo said Thursday, April 17, 2014. The western lowland gorilla, named Kassiu, was born March 19 to 13-year-old mother Naku and 27-year-old father Cassius. 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 said in a statement.

MILWAUKEE - 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.


Associated Press