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Chicago zoo’s injured baby gorilla recovering

Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – A baby gorilla that was seriously injured at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is taking steps toward recovery.

Three-month-old Nayembi suffered cuts to her face last month while in an enclosure with other gorillas. Zoo officials don’t know what caused the injury, although it appears to have been inflicted by another gorilla.

Since then, Nayembi has been spending parts of each day playing and exhibiting other normal behaviors such as crawling, exploring and putting toys in her mouth.

The zoo’s vice president for animal care, Megan Ross, said in an update Friday that the gorilla’s caregivers are “thrilled with how she’s responding.”

Nayembi is being treated at the zoo’s animal hospital. She needs regular checkups and round-the-clock care in what the zoo says will be a long recovery process.

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