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Woman gives birth at zoo

A baby girl numbers among Rosamond Gifford Zoo's list of zoo-borns.

By Britt Olson MSN Living Editor Dec 11, 2012 5:21PM

A zoo baby’s birth usually causes a small, local frenzy. Those furry faces and clumsy, untested limbs effortlessly attract the media’s lens and the public’s affection. 

Photo: Gary Walts/The Post-Standard/LandovLast Friday Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, N.Y., hosted the birth of a species more exotic to menageries. On Dec. 7, at 11 a.m., a 21-year-old woman delivered a baby girl near the zoo’s bear exhibit.

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Zoo employees were quick to assist in the labor. They radioed for backup and assembled blankets. According to Rosamond Gifford Zoo Director Ted Fox, Liz Schmidt and Sarah Kohler, both first responders, were the first to arrive at the delivery. Schmidt attended the mother throughout the birth and checked the newborn’s vital signs.

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"When Liz Schmidt and Sarah Kohler arrived on the scene she was in full labor. Within minutes she had given birth to the baby," Fox said.

A member of the woman’s family called Onondaga County EMTs. The woman was rushed to the hospital following the delivery.

"It's pretty unusual to get a call about a woman in labor. It's happened several times throughout the years," said Fox. "But it has been pretty early on. We thought that would be the case Friday."

The exciting morning increased Rosamond Gifford's tally of zoo-born babies.

Fox said that the mother and infant were released from the hospital Monday.

Photo: Gary Walts/The Post-Standard/Landov

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Dec 11, 2012 7:54PM
Happy Birthday to you, you were born in a zoo.  You smell like a monkey and you look like one too!
Dec 11, 2012 7:53PM
Dec 11, 2012 7:49PM
Just wondering why someone who is obviously extremely pregnant would be walking around a zoo.  I would be at home anticipating the event.  My guess is she probably wanted her 5 minutes of fame and planned this.
Dec 11, 2012 7:45PM
who's the douchebag that gave me a thumbs down?
Dec 11, 2012 7:44PM
make that "womens restroom at yankee statium"
Dec 11, 2012 7:43PM
hank hill was born in the omens restroom at yankee stadium
Dec 11, 2012 7:37PM
It is going to be a jingle on saturday night. Make sure the parents get to say Live from NY its Saturday Night. I'm curious will the middle name be Teddy or Pooh?
Dec 11, 2012 7:34PM
There's a million things I could say about this but I'll say just one.  Congratulations!
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