Bongo who gave birth via C-section at Virginia Zoo dies

Jesi, a female bongo at the Virginia Zoo, did not survive her c-section required to help her give birth to her calf Charlie. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of the Virginia Zoo's twitter)
Jesi, a female bongo at the Virginia Zoo, did not survive her c-section required to help her give birth to her calf Charlie. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of the Virginia Zoo’s twitter)

NORFOLK — A bongo who gave birth via cesarean section at the Virginia Zoo has died.

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Jesi, one of the female eastern bongos, died because of complications from the c-section required to help her give birth to her calf, Charlie, according to the Virginia Zoo’s twitter.

At birth, Charlie weighed 48 pounds (22 kilograms) and stood around 2 feet (0.6 meters) tall. She’s not yet on view at the zoo.

Zoo officials said the animal care staff and Jesi’s keepers are mourning her loss but they noted Charlie is doing great and is continuing to be bottle-fed by staff.

Juni, the other female Eastern Bongo who recently gave birth to her own bongo calf, has taken on maternal care of  Charlie so that she can continue to socialize with the other bongos and grow up as part of the heard, according to the zoo.

To learn more about the animals the Virginia Zoo has under its care, click here.

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