A female prickly leatherjacket triggerfish Chaetodermis penicilligerus underwent an operation to remove a benign tumor from her tail at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Zoo.
Named Prudence, the fish was given a general anesthetic before the hour-long operation in which she was kept constantly wet.
Returned to the zoo’s Aquarium after the operation, Prudence can already be seen by visitors.
Sporting black stripes and a large jaw, prickly leatherjacket triggerfish are native to the Indo-West pacific.
The prickly leatherjacket triggerfish undergoes an operation on its tail. Photo by: Claire Silva of the Zoological Society of London.
(03/26/2009) The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today that a 42-year-old western lowland gorilla named Fubo received a free MRI scan after suffering a seizure at his home in the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit. The MRI was provided by The Brain Tumor Foundation, which sent a 48-foot-long moveable MRI facility to the zoo. Overseen by vets, zookeepers, and various medical personnel, the scan revealed that Fubo had a lesion on his left temporal lobe of his brain.
(11/13/2008) With its characteristic horn, the endangered rhino rat snake has been bred in a European zoo for the first time.
(08/01/2008) Dr. Paul Calle, Director of Wildlife Health Center at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo headquarters, and Cornell University resident Dr. Maren Connolly examine a red-tailed hawk found unable to fly by a park ranger in Rockland County.