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Endangered monkey with a broken leg gets surgery

Binder Park Zoo
Binder Park Zoo

It's not everyday that the surgeons Bronson Healthcare Midwest operate on a monkey, but then this is not an ordinary monkey. Binder Park Zoo attendants noticed that an endangered Red-capped Mangabey monkey was not using one of her legs.

An x-ray was taken and it was discovered that the femur in the left leg was broken.

2 Surgeons at Bronson Healthcare Midwest agreed to do the work at the Zoo’s veterinary clinic.

Dr. Josh Ellwitz says it wasn’t much different than the anatomy of a 3 year old child. They repaired the bones with metal plates and screws which will hold it in place while the bone heals.

That will take a couple of months.  Until then the animal will be kept in a cage that will limit it's movements. 

Michelle Walbeck with the zoo staff says there aren’t a lot of these monkey’s left. THere are only about 30 in zoos that are part of a breeding program.  

She says they are being hunted for food in their native habitat because of food shortages there.

That’s why it was important that the monkey get the best care available.