Kansas City Zoo's geriatric care includes arthritis therapy
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Treating elephant arthritis is among the challenges the Kansas City Zoo is facing as its animals live longer.
The Kansas City Star reports zoos have for years steered away from rejuvenating their collections with wild-born species unless deemed vitally necessary because of captive breeding and wild animal conservation becoming a priority.
The zoo's chief veterinarian, Kirk Suedmeyer, estimated that some 25 percent of the zoo's 1,100 animals are what would be considered geriatric.
Since late July, a 47-year-old African elephant named Lady has been receiving inflammation-reducing laser therapy to help soothe arthritis.
The zoo also has trained its aged silverback gorilla, Radi, to present his chest for regular echocardiograms using a portable wand.