UK's first Caesarean-born gorilla celebrates her second birthday

Credit: Bristol Zoo

A baby gorilla that was the first to be born by Caesarean section in Britain is celebrating her second birthday.

Afia, a western lowland gorilla, is now fully integrated into her primate family after being hand-reared by zookeepers in Bristol.

Credit: Bristol Zoo

She was born by emergency C-section in February 2016 after her mother, Kera, showed symptoms of potentially life-threatening pre-eclampsia.

The operation was carried out by consultant surgeons from Bristol University along with the Bristol Zoo's own vet team.

Staff at the zoo say the fact Afia had a complicated early life is a reason to celebrate as she turns two.