They didn’t know whether he’d make it. However, Kuchez, whose Swahili name means “Play,” survived.
Sedwick County Zoo (SCA) employees in Wichita, Kansas, are now calling it a miracle.
The first few days after Kuchez’s birth were perilous. The newborn chimp is thriving well, thanks to the dedicated crew.
A zookeeper named Devin Turner witnessed Mahale giving birth in the morning. He sat by her as her labor proceeded.
When Mahale’s labor came to a halt, complications began to emerge.
It was determined that she would undergo an emergency C-section. Turner was the first to hold Kuchez after he was born.
Because of breathing issues, the infant required regular care from the zookeepers.
They spent the night with Kucheza to give that attention.
They felt more certain that she would survive as time passed. They fed Kucheza with bottles and gave him oxygen treatments. After Kucheza was stable, Mahale was able to spend some quality time with her kid.
“So, on Tuesday, we had the thrill of having a live baby and seeing Mahale on Thursday. That is why we do what we do.
The zoo’s most recent chimp pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage in 2019.
Mahale had been apart from her kid for over two days. When she was ultimately returned to her baby, the zoo videotaped the scene.
Mom is seen taking her blanket with her as she is brought into a cage in the video.
When she looks over to a soft cushion with a bundle sitting in the middle, she doesn’t react.
When she senses movement, she extends her hand and rushes over to the infant, taking her up into her arms.
She is cooing at the newborn while holding it close to her.
The emotional effect of this video is evident. Most likely, the unfortunate mother had no clue what had happened to her kid.
He was having problems breathing on his own when she last saw him. It was later stolen from her.
The chimp’s third offspring, was born at the age of 28.
The film, which has gained over 16 million views, reduced many people to tears.
“Oh my goodness! Sobbing!! How swiftly mom rushes out to touch her baby after catching sight of that little hand! So lovely! One commenter said, “I appreciate you sharing.”
“OMG!! I’m sobbing as I sit at my desk. “My heart just melted,” another individual said.
Veterinarians and zoo personnel are said to have saved the infant’s life.
According to the zoo, Drs. Laura Whisler and Janna Chibry of College Hill OB-GYN aided the zoo’s veterinary staff in conducting the cesarean delivery. Since 2010, the pair has collaborated with Sedgwick County Zoo veterinarians on all great ape pregnancies; Lily, a Sumatran orangutan, was born by C-section in 2018.