Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Gorilla Recovering From Testicle Operation

gorilla testicle operationThe alpha male silverback gorilla at Jersey Zoo is said to be recovering well after an operation.

The 23-year-old primate named Ya Kwanza had one of his testicles removed by Durrell Wildlife vets after suspicious changes were discovered last year.

Staff from the General Hospital assisted during the operation because of the close genetic relationship between gorillas and humans.

The 237kg (37st) silverback has now been returned to his group.

The changes to Ya Kwanza's body were found during an attempt to artificially inseminate the group's youngest female and the decision was taken to operate to protect his health.

It is not thought his ability to reproduce will be affected.

Ya Kwanza was born in Melbourne Zoo in 1984 and was the first gorilla to be conceived by artificial insemination anywhere in the world.

He was brought to Jersey from Australia in 1993.

Story here.

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