World's first fertility treatment gorilla dies

Mother-of-three Salome passed away aged 41 at Bristol Zoo, keepers say

Mother-of-three Salome passed away aged 41 at Bristol Zoo, keepers say

The world's first gorilla to receive fertility treatment to help her conceive has died at her British zoo.

Mother-of-three Salome passed away aged 41 at Bristol Zoo, keepers say.

The Western Lowland gorilla was never got to see the wild after being conceived Bristol Zoo, moved to London Zoo where she was born and hand reared, and then moved back to Bristol Zoo in her twenties. 

She gave birth to her first baby at Chessington Zoo in 1988, and in 2004 made history when she became the first gorilla in the world to receive fertility treatment.

Zookeepers noticed she mated regularly but struggled to conceive.

Salome was given the human fertility drug Clomid to help her womb release eggs, and two years later she gave birth to Komale.

Five years later, in September 2011, her third baby, Kukena, was born.

More recently Salome was given medication for heart disease after being diagnosed this summer.

The Western Lowland gorilla was conceived at the zoo and lived there for nearly 20 years after being born and hand reared in London Zoo

The Western Lowland gorilla was conceived at the zoo and lived there for nearly 20 years after being born and hand reared in London Zoo

She gave birth to her first baby at Chessington Zoo in 1988, and in 2004 made history when she became the first gorilla in the world to receive fertility treatment

Salome was given the human fertility drug Clomid to help her womb release eggs, and two years later she gave birth to Komale

She gave birth to her first baby at Chessington Zoo in 1988 (left), and in 2004 made history when

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