Vicky The 29-Year-Old Orangutan Undergoes A Sinus Operation In Chester (Photos)
FACE of the week: Jawed Tahery from Nuffield Health The Grosvenor Hospital in Chester and a team of vets from Chester Zoo perform sinus surgery on Vicky the 29-year-old Bornean Orangutan from Blackpool Zoo.
Chester Zoo vet Steve Unwin said:
“It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to do this for Vicky. Her chronic sinusitis may have made her feel ‘thick headed’ and made her more susceptible to picking up infections. This operation will dramatically improve things for her, make her much more comfortable.
“As with humans, it is important to minimise the length of time a patient is anaesthetised so there were quite a few people involved to perform the various tasks as swiftly as possible. That’s why we collaborated with the team from Blackpool Zoo, Nuffield Health and an orangutan specialist from Switzerland.
“The operation went very well indeed, as smoothly as we could have hoped, and it’s great news for Vicky given her key role in the European Bornean orangutan breeding programme. She should be back with the group within 12 hours.”