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Constipated Topeka Gorilla Recovering after Surgery

Associated Press - August 17, 2017 10:55 am

A constipated 49-year-old gorilla at the Topeka Zoo is recovering after having surgery.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that zoo Director Brendan Wiley says the procedure the lowland gorilla, named Tiffany, underwent Wednesday went “really well.” A significant amount of stool was found in her colon and was flushed out.

Wiley says the best-case scenario is that she will bounce back. If issues continue, test results will be reviewed to determine how to treat her constipation.

The zoo said staff reported on Friday that the gorilla wasn’t acting like herself. Staff thought a storm the previous night might have upset her, but over the following days, she lost more of her appetite. The surgery was performed to determine what she had been reluctant to eat.

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