A trip to the vets is usually a routine task, but for the staff at Perth Zoo today it was a huge carefully planned operation involving a team of eight staff.
Staff took 126kg male Sumatran orang-utan Dinar for a full health check today after anaesthetising him in his night quarters.
He was carried on a stretcher by eight people and taken by mini-van to his appointment at the on-site veterinary hospital where he received a dental check, ultrasound and tetanus vaccination.
Perth Zoo’s senior veterinarian Simone Vitali said staff made the most of the trip, taking blood samples, checking his mouth and teeth and bringing in a sonographer to ultrasound his heart.
“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 undertake the various tasks as quickly as possible,” Dr Vitali said.
“Dinar appears to be in great condition which is terrific news given his key role in our Sumatran Orangutan breeding program.”
The orang-utan has sired three offspring at the zoo as part of the breeding program for the endangered species.
The zoo has bred 29 orang-utans in total and released two into the Sumatran rainforest.