Friday, May 16, 2014

Tenn. Zoo Gorilla Recovering from Surgery After Femur Fracture

A gorilla at the Knoxville Zoo is up and about, just one day after he had surgery to repair a broken leg.

Wanto, a 37 year old silverback gorilla, broke his right femur in what zoo officials called a "freak accident" on Monday, while climbing bars in the indoor courtyard of his exhibit. His keepers think he may have been trying to avoid the three female gorillas in his group who like to tease him.

The surgery was a little risky, since he's considered an "old man" in gorilla years and has an existing heart condition, but zoo officials wanted to give him the best chance to get better.

Full story here.

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