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Gorilla returns to South African zoo after nasal surgery04:35

Gorilla returns to South African zoo after nasal surgery

South Africa, Johannesburg
June 24, 2020 at 20:26 GMT -00:00 · Published

Makokou the gorilla has returned to Johannesburg's zoo after undergoing nasal surgery as seen in footage from Wednesday.

The 34-year-old ape went under the knife for three hours to remove inflammatory polyps that had completely blocked his nostrils.

"We are happy with his progress, he is doing quite well post-surgery," explained Dr Kresen Pillay, veterinary surgeon, adding that Makokou was "responding really well to his keepers and his caregivers."

Makokou's operation was only the second surgery of its kind to be performed on a similarly-aged gorilla, the first one having taken place in Seattle in 2014.

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Makokou the gorilla has returned to Johannesburg's zoo after undergoing nasal surgery as seen in footage from Wednesday.

The 34-year-old ape went under the knife for three hours to remove inflammatory polyps that had completely blocked his nostrils.

"We are happy with his progress, he is doing quite well post-surgery," explained Dr Kresen Pillay, veterinary surgeon, adding that Makokou was "responding really well to his keepers and his caregivers."

Makokou's operation was only the second surgery of its kind to be performed on a similarly-aged gorilla, the first one having taken place in Seattle in 2014.

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