Syracuse zoo staff delivers human bundle of joy
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — An upstate New York zoo got a surprise visit from the stork. There's nothing surprising about babies being born at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, but on Friday the bundle of joy was a human, the Post Standard reported.
Liz Schmidt, a zoo educator, was busy at a reindeer exhibit when a call came over her radio that a woman was in labor about 500 yards away on the wildlife path near the bear exhibit.
“I honestly didn't expect her to deliver at the zoo,” Schmidt said. “I thought we'd pop her in a wheelchair and she'd be good to go to the hospital.”
The woman had been touring the zoo with a group of five to seven adults and children when she went into labor, Schmidt said. An adult lead the children away to go look at the lions as the woman was giving birth, she said.
“As I came on the scene, the baby was pretty much on its way out,” said Sarah Kohler, a zookeeper who helped Schmidt.
John Moakler, the zoo's elephant collection manager, provided crowd control by shooing visitors to other exhibits as the 21-year-old gave birth to a daughter.
An ambulance soon arrived to take the newborn to a hospital. For privacy reasons, the hospital could not discuss the condition of the mother or her daughter.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.