Gorilla Kijivu ill

Workers at Prague Zoo are considering steps to take in the case of Kijivu, a lowland gorilla at the zoo fallen ill with intestinal colic; there are worries that in the coming days the gorilla might not be able to care for her two-month old baby, Tatu. On Sunday morning the gorilla pavilion was closed to the public and Kijivu was given antibiotics; keepers are now weighing further options. It is possible the baby gorilla will need to be taken from the mother and fed artificially.

Recent months have seen a number of worrying incidents at the zoo's gorilla pavilion: in July an unknown perpetrator tried to harm the apes by leaving nail-filled apples in their enclosure. But the tampered apples were uncovered in time.

Author: Jan Velinger