Sunday, January 18, 2009
The 800-Pound Gorilla in the ER
No one was ignoring the 800-pound gorilla in the room, when the Budapest Zoo performed rare gynecological surgery on Liesel, a 32-year-old female gorilla. It was the first operation of its kind in Hungary and a rarity worldwide.
I still have some unanswered questions about it: How do you knock out a full-grown gorilla and not only that, but how would you get one into the stirrups for a gynecological examination in the first place?
Budapest Zoo spokesman, Zoltan Hanga said that veterinarian doctors successfully carried out the procedure late Thursday, after Liesel was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on her right ovary.
As it turns out, no tumors were found, so much for the stirrups, I didn’t think they could pull that one off anyway.
The lumps must have been the walnuts she ate. I mean, who knows where a gorilla’s ovaries actually are? This is especially important, since Liesel has already given birth to three little gorillas named Dango, Gorka, and Ebobo; and they could have shifted anywhere. Maybe the last mammalian embryo ate them for breakfast.