Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Zoo Chimp Has Hand Surgery

chimp surgeryUniversity of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine staffers have performed surgery on Binti, a 25-year-old female chimpanzee at the Knoxville Zoo, to stabilize four broken metacarpal bones in her hand.

Earlier this week, zookeepers observed Binti holding a swollen hand close to her body. Radiographs revealed four broken metacarpal bones between her knuckle and wrist.

University of Tennessee veterinarians placed four metal plates in her hand to stabilize the broken bones and allow them to heal.

After the procedure, Binti returned to Knoxville Zoo to begin her recovery; zoo officials say she'll need plenty of rest and quiet for the next two weeks.

Full story here.

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