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ZSL Vets Save Critically Endangered Gorilla Called Effie! ๐Ÿฆ

Western lowland Gorilla is recovering well from recent operation!

Vets at ZSL London Zoo perform life-saving surgery on a 200lb Western lowland gorilla during a four-hour operation. When keepers noticed that 24-year-old Effie, mum to two-year-old Gernot, was off her food and spending increasing time away from the rest of her close-knit family, they called on the Zooโ€™s expert veterinary team for help.

Western lowland Gorilla, Effie, is recovering well from recent operation ยฉ ZSL London Zoo
Western Lowland Gorilla, Effie, is recovering well from recent operation ยฉ ZSL London Zoo

ZSL vet Amanda Guthrie said: โ€œAfter a few days of refusing her favourite foods it was clear there was something really wrong with Effie, so we worked with her keepers to perform an ultrasound examination. Once we saw the problem we decided it was best to operate on her that day.โ€

Vets at ZSL London Zoo perform life-saving surgery on a 200lb Western lowland gorilla during a four hour operation ยฉ ZSL London Zoo
Vets at ZSL London Zoo perform life-saving surgery on a 200lb Western lowland gorilla during a four hour operation ยฉ ZSL London Zoo

After anaesthetising her, the team succeeded in removing eight inches of an infected bowel, most likely caused by some trapped food in her digestive system. Effie is recovering well after the operation, which took place on 29 December 2017, and has now been reunited with her family in the Zooโ€™s Gorilla Kingdom.ย 

Amanda added: โ€œWeโ€™re really pleased with how well Effie is recovering from her recent surgery. Her keepers and the ZSL vet team have been keeping a close eye on her and are happy to report that sheโ€™s back to her usual self, eating her favourite treats again and playing with Gernot.โ€

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The amazing work of the zoo vets will be celebrated at ZSL London Zoo next month – from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 February kids will be able to step into the shoes of a wildlife vet at ZSL London Zoo as part of Vets in Action, the award-winning annual role-playing experience for budding veterinarians. To book tickets now, visit www.zsl.org for further information.

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Founded in 1826, ZSL (Zoological Society of London) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.

Their mission is realised through our ground-breaking science, our active conservation projects in more than 50 countries and our two Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

We wish Effie a very quick recovery and is back to full health very soon!

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