This is the incredible moment a baby monkey was brought into the world at a British zoo – by a caesarean section.
The tiny primate was delivered by staff and is being cared for round-the-clock – along with her mother Ivy – after the procedure on August 3.
At a healthy 567g, the female monkey is now living in a mobile incubator unit and feeding on lactose-free powdered baby milk – until she is able to suckle on a bottle.
This was the first time staff at Paignton Zoo in Devon had carried out a caesarean on a monkey.
Paignton Zoo vet Jo Reynard, who performed the procedure, said: “Ivy had reached her due date but been off her food and inactive for two days.
“As she was not improving with treatment, we decided to do a check-up to find out what was going on.
“A quick x-ray confirmed that the baby‘s head was engaged in the pelvis ready to come out.
“As Ivy has given birth successfully before, initially we gave her some fluids and pain relief and returned her to the group, hoping she would give birth by herself.
“Later that evening we became concerned – her health was deteriorating and with no signs of normal labour progressing, we decided to do a Caesarean section to save Ivy’s life and that of the baby.”
The baby was removed from her mother in a procedure that took around 40 minutes.
20 minutes were spent carefully sewing Ivy up and giving her fluids and pain relief.
Ghislaine Sayers, Head of Veterinary Services at Paignton Zoo, said: “We have only done three C-sections here in the last 16 years.
“Jo, our surgeon on this occasion, has performed them on dogs, cats, cows and sheep before – but never a primate.
“It’s not so common in zoos – most zoo animals manage to give birth by themselves. Introducing a new life into the world is always special.”