TWO maternity hospital doctors in Bristol were called in to carry out Britain's first caesarean birth....of a gorilla.

The Daily Mirror reports that Professor David Cahill and Dr Aamna Ali performed the operation on 11 year old mother Kera, who was suffering from life-threatening pre-eclampsia.

It was feared both mother and baby would die if she went into labour but after a two and half hour operation, the doctors delivered the baby which weighed only 2lb10z.

It took eight people at Bristol Zoo to carry 20 stone Kera into a clinic at the zoo after she was given an anaesthetic in her compound.

Prof Cahill, who has done 3,000 C-sections on humans, said: “Along with having my own children, this is probably one of the biggest achievements of my life and something I will certainly never forget. It was so mind-blowingly different from anything we normally do. This enormous gorilla was asleep on the table and we had to close off the scared bit of the brain to concentrate on the operation.”

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The Daily Express revealed a fascinating insight into the Queen's relationships with her corgi dogs.

According to animal psychologist Dr Roger Mugford : “At feeding times, each dog had an individually designed menu, including an array of homeopathic and herbal remedies.

“As I watched, the Queen got the corgis to sit in a semi-circle around her, and then fed them one by one, in order of seniority. The others just sat and patiently waited their turn.”

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The Daily Star tells us that Manchester is Britain's UFO capital.

According to the Mutual UFO Network, flying saucers are spotted above the city every fortnight.

In the last year, sightings included mystery craft, five metallic objects in a triangle formation and a “red green ball flying at great speed”.

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The iconic British steam engine the Flying Scotsman is back in action, reports the Daily Mail.

The train has undergone a £4.2m restoration and underwent a practise run between York and Scarborough in her original British Rail green livery.

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What a wasteful lot we are! The Guardian newspaper says that 34 tonnes of beef is thrown away in the UK every year.

Latest research from the Love Food Hate Waste campaign shows that around £260m worth of raw and cooked beef items go to waste each year in UK households.

However they claim that much of this could be avoided through simple steps such as planning meals in advance, storing food better, understanding date labels, serving the right portions and making better use of leftovers.

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Here's a challenging recipe for your taste buds...a Daily Mirror story tells how a shop in Morriston, Swansea is set to serve up chocolate kebabs.

Also on the menu at The Chocolate Kebab Shop will be crepes,waffles and churros filled with Nutella, syrup or cream and topped with fresh fruit.

The Daily Express ran a poll to find out which biscuit is the tops for dunking - dipping it into a cup of tea.

And bourbons won with 29 per cent of the vote, followed by chocolate digestives. Third place went to custard creams and fourth was Hobnobs.

 

Reference list:

The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

Daily Star (www.daily star.co.uk)