Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The Rosamond Gifford Zoo’s staff is ready for any kind of animal birth, but they weren’t expecting a woman to go into labor outside of the duck pond at 11 a.m. on Friday.
A 911 operator talked a zoo staffer through the birth and a baby girl was born.
“They asked me to look for the head, so I was looking for the head and they asked me to remove any clothing that might be in the way…as soon as her water broke, it was fast after that,” said Zoo Education Coordinator Liz Schmidt.
“The mother was remarkably calm and me and Liz gave an exchange when we saw the baby take its first breath, it was heart taking to know the baby was going to be okay,” said Zoo staffer Sarah Kohler.
“Not every child, although I’m sure a lot of children would love to say they were born at the zoo, not many can. We’re certainly putting a care package together for the family,” said Zoo Director Ted Fox said.
Fox says they’ve never had to train for a live human birth, but now they’ll think about it. The mother doesn’t speak English, but they were both taken to Crouse Hospital where we’re told mom and baby are doing just fine.