MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Barney, a 28-year-old silverback Lowland Gorilla, has made a full recovery after undergoing a medical exam on Tuesday, as part of a preventative medicine program at Zoo Miami.
In addition to the normal procedures which included blood collection, x-rays, and a general physical, the 385-pound great ape was also examined by specialists with specific attention to respiratory and cardiac concerns.READ MORE: Masks Now Optional For Unvaccinated Students In South Florida Catholic Schools
According to Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill, Barney has had a lingering cough so he was also examined by a human pulmonologist who performed a bronchoscopy to see if anything unusual could be identified within Barney’s bronchi and lungs. Initial indications are that Barney may be suffering from pneumonia. Cultures were taken and the Animal Health team is awaiting those results for confirmation.
A veterinary cardiologist also performed an ultrasound examination of Barney’s heart.READ MORE: World Aids Day 2021 Reminds Us About The Other Epidemic
Adult male gorillas have been known to suffer from hypertension and heart disease for which Barney is receiving treatment. This exam was to assess his current condition to determine the effectiveness of the treatment. Though his blood pressure was normal, the cardiologist did find he had a slightly enlarged heart but felt that it was within normal limits for a gorilla of his age.
Barney also received his rabies and tetanus vaccines as well as a tuberculosis test.MORE NEWS: PlanetWatch: Miami Chosen As 1st Major US Location For New Air Quality Monitoring Network
Following the completion of the exams, Barney returned to his habitat and has since made a full recovery.