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new minimally invasive surgical technique was used recently at

Summary: new minimally invasive surgical
technique was used recently at
the College to spay Kariba, a
three-and-a-half-year-old lion from
Zoo Atlanta.The procedure resulted
in less trauma to the animal, hastened
recovery, reduced post-operative
complications, and lessened the need
for pain medication.
Kariba was a candidate for laparo-
scopic ovariohysterectomy because
of a hip deformity which gave her a
slight limp.
Zoo officials were concerned this
trait might be inherited by Kariba's
offspring. Lifelong use of birth control
implants was not an acceptable alter-
native since it might increase her risk
of mammary tumors.
Surgery was done by Dr. Clarence


Source: Arnold, Jonathan - Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center & Department of Genetics, University of Georgia


Collections: Biotechnology