Moment baby chimp and mom reunited at Kansas zoo after C-section

Moment adorable newborn chimpanzee is reunited with his mom at Kansas zoo after being born by emergency C-section

  • Mother chimp seen picking up and lovingly embracing her newborn baby 
  • Pair were separated for two days following complications during birth
  • Baby raises arm for attention in video, prompting mother to rush right over

Adorable footage has been captured showing the moment a mother chimpanzee is reunited with her newborn baby after being separated following complications during birth at a Kansas zoo.

The footage shows the mother chimp, Mahale, immediately pick up and embrace her male baby, Kucheza, after he raises his arm for attention when she enters an enclosure where he was resting.

Sedgwick County Zoo posted the footage online after it welcomed the birth of Kucheza on Tuesday. 

After Mahale experienced difficulties during labor, zoo staff decided to perform a C-section. The pair were separated for two days while baby Kucheza was monitored.

Writing on Facebook, the zoo said: ‘After almost 2 full days, Mahale and baby were reunited this morning! 

Baby Kucheza raises his hand to get the attention of his mom Mahale, who has just entered the enclosure

Mother chimp Mahale notices her newborn son, who was resting beneath a blanket in the zoo enclosure

Mahale immediately rushes toward her baby and scoops him into her arms, after noticing his presence

The new mother Mahale loving embraces her newborn baby Kucheza in a heartwarming moment of joy

‘Mahale gave birth via emergency C-section after natural labor stopped progressing. 

‘Baby wasn’t breathing well on his own so he stayed in the hospital with the medical team until he could be reunited with mom.’

In the heartwarming video posted on Nov. 17, Mahale can be seen entering the enclosure where her new baby is resting in a blanket. 

She sits still for a moment, seemingly not realizing her newborn is just inches away from her.

Seconds later, baby Kucheza raises his arm, grabbing the attention of his mom, who rushes over and scoops him into her arms.

Newborn male chimp Kucheza receives veterinary attention after being born by C-section on Nov. 17   

Veterinary workers assist Kucheza at Sedgwick County Zoo after he was born by emergency C-section

Chimp Mahale nurses her newborn baby, Kucheza, shortly after being reunited following a two-day separation

Mahale seems joyful as she cradles her newborn baby in her arms after being separated from each other immediately after the birth

The mother then tightly hugs her new son, with her love evident as she embraces him.

The zoo’s Facebook post has drawn attention from thousands of users, with over 22,000 reactions as of today. 

Sedgwick County Zoo is a non-profit located in Wichita, and is home to 3,000 individual animals of nearly 400 species, according to its website.

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