Baby c-section gorilla has first trek outside

Mammal curator Lynsey Bugg, who is seen with the infant in the newly-released images, says Afia is doing really well (AAP)
Mammal curator Lynsey Bugg, who is seen with the infant in the newly-released images, says Afia is doing really well (AAP)

A baby gorilla born by a rare caesarean section has now had her first adventure outside, with the help of a zookeeper.

Cuddled up to a keeper in a sling, the gorilla was being introduced to the sights and scents of the outdoors when the photos were taken.

The Western lowland gorilla, named Afia, had a dramatic start to life when she was delivered via an emergency c-section at Bristol Zoo Gardens last month.

She was born weighing just over one kilogram in February in a procedure that had only been carried out a handful of times worldwide.

Baby c-section gorilla has first trek outside

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But seven weeks later, Afia has now nearly doubled her birth weight and weighs 2.2kg. A team of experienced gorilla keepers are hand-rearing her around the clock as her mother is still too poorly to care for her herself.

Afia's mother continues to receive treatment and the keepers are hopeful she will make a full recovery.

Mammal curator Lynsey Bugg, who is seen with the infant in the newly-released images, says Afia is doing really well.

"She is meeting all the targets for her age, continues to feed well and has milk every two hours both night and day."

Baby c-section gorilla has first trek outside

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She also spends time near the gorilla enclosure, able to smell and hear them, so she doesn't become too accustomed to humans.

"Our end game is to try to get her back with her family," Ms Bugg says.

"We don't want an animal that's only living with humans -- to me, that's the opposite of what we're trying to do here."

The gorilla's name, 'Afia', means "Friday born child" in Ghanaian. It was chosen via a poll and more than 9000 people voted.

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