BBC News. (2005, May 24). Cataract op gorilla gives birth. [Online]. Available: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/bristol/somerset/4573333.stm [2008, May 29].
gorillas; endangered; zoo; bushmeat; logging; England
A gorilla, who underwent a cataract operation after she was born blind, has given birth to a baby at Bristol Zoo.
Romina, a rare Western lowland gorilla, who has had two operations to restore her sight was the first adult gorilla to undergo such treatment in Europe.
Keepers at the zoo say the new baby, who weighed in at about two pounds, is doing well.
Melanie Gage, a keeper at Bristol Zoo, said: "The baby is beautiful. This is fantastic news."
They said they would have to wait several days before Romina, 25, will allow them close enough to determine the baby's sex.
Since her sight was restored Romina has been able to interact more effectively with other gorillas at the zoo and bred successfully with Jock a 22-year-old silverback.
Romina was hand-reared at Rome Zoo before arriving in Bristol in 2001 as part of an international breeding programme.
Western lowland gorillas are under threat in the swampy jungles of their native West Africa...