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Elephant recovers after tusk surgery in Tbilisi zoo

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By ITN News Editor November 6, 2018 15:38

Elephant recovers after tusk surgery in Tbilisi zoo

An Asian elephant, which recently underwent a tusk surgery in Georgia, was successfully recovering after the operation, the zoo in the capital Tbilisi said on Sunday (November 4).

Grand, a 23-year-old elephant, was brought to the zoo from Armenia in 2014 with both of its tusks broken and infected.

After the first complicated surgery performed by the British veterinarians removing one of the tusks, the animal had to wait four years for the second operation due to the complications.

The flood that hit Georgian capital in 2015, killing 12 people and setting more than 30 zoo animals free, also caused a delay in the animal’s treatment.

Grand was operated by the South African veterinarian team on October 31.

Prof. Gerhard Steenkamp and anaesthesiologist Adrian S.W. Tordiffe worked over four hours to remove an infected tusk, which could pose a threat to the animal’s life.

The veterinarians said the surgery went well, but the elephant would need a substantial period of time to recover.

The elephant was up on his feet shortly after the surgery was over, which caused the applause among those waiting outside his pen.

The second member of the SA team, anaesthesiologist Dr. Adrian S.W. Tordiffe said he was pleased with the outcome of the operation on the elephant and was happy with the anaesthetic they used.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 6, 2018 15:38
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