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Monkey baby had a difficult start in life: when his mother holds her child in her arms, tears flow

By Clemens Grosz

Wichita – The Sedgwick County Zoo in the United States welcomed its newest resident on Tuesday: a cute baby chimpanzee. But that animal had a difficult start in life. Only an emergency operation saved the little monkey.

The little monkey is doing great now. © Instagram/sedgwickcountyzoo

Like the zoo on Instagram announced that there were complications shortly before the birth of the little monkey.

“The baby was having trouble getting enough oxygen,” the zoo wrote.

So they decided on a risky operation – a birth by caesarean section. Experienced veterinarians performed the procedure under general anesthesia, carefully cut open the abdomen and pulled out the small ball of fur.

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After the exciting procedure, the little one (it’s a boy) was put on a ventilator because he was still very weak, was under veterinary observation and needed to be fed.

A difficult time for the chimpanzee mother named Mahale. Because she was separated from her child.

There were complications at birth: the little one was born by caesarean section.

There were complications at birth: the little one was born by caesarean section. © Instagram/sedgwickcountyzoo

“A Mother’s Love Never Fails”

When her baby reached out his little hand, chimpanzee lady Mahale couldn't be stopped.  Overjoyed, she took her child in her arms.

When her baby reached out his little hand, chimpanzee lady Mahale couldn’t be stopped. Overjoyed, she took her child in her arms. © Montage: Instagram/sedgwickcountyzoo

After two days of worrying and waiting – the all clear. “Today he is doing very well and should be able to be reunited with his mother very soon,” the zoo announced on Thursday.

Then came the big moment, captured on video: chimpanzee mom Mahale was finally allowed to hold her baby in her arms. The heartbreaking scene is currently affecting thousands on social media.

In the middle of the enclosure, wrapped in a blue blanket, lies the little one, dozing away. Then the door opens, the monkey lady enters the room a little uncertainly, not really knowing what’s going on. But then the little one stretches his tiny hand in the air.

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Now there’s no holding back, Mahale takes her baby and cuddles it tightly. Then she starts rocking it very gently.

“A mother’s love never fails,” one user aptly stated.

Video: Mahale hugs her baby for the first time

Chimpanzee lady Mahale lovingly takes care of her offspring

In the meantime, the little one has also been given a name, from now on it will be called Kucheza, the zoo operators explained. It means “to play” in Swahili. And otherwise mother and son are doing splendidly – Mahale continues to lovingly take care of her newborn.

Cover Photo: Montage: Instagram/sedgwickcountyzoo

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