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UPDATE: Autopsy on baby gorilla shows no signs of trauma

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A baby gorilla that 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 animal autopsy showed no bruising, hemorrhage or obvious defects in Kassiu.

The baby gorilla and her mother appeared normal Wednesday morning, but by the afternoon, Kassiu appeared weak and stopped holding onto her mother.

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

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- The Milwaukee County Zoo announced Thursday morning the death of a female baby gorilla.

Kassiu was born March 19 and was the first gorilla birth at the Zoo since 1992.  Kassiu's parents are 13-year-old Naku and 27-year-old Cassius.  The cause of death is unknown at this time.  Zoo officials will speak with media Thursday afternoon. 

Wednesday, zookeepers reported Kassiu and her mother appeared normal.  By the afternoon, Kassiu appeared to be weak and no longer holding onto Naku, as newborn gorillas do.  At that time, she was taken to the Zoo's Animal Health Center for examination and treatment, and received emergency medical care including fluids, glucose and antibiotics.  A pediatrician and neonatologist were called for consultation.  Kassiu passed away Wednesday evening.

A necropsy, or animal autopsy, will be performed at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.  Preliminary results may come within a few days, however, the complete report could take several months.




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