Kerala zoo hyena undergoes endoscopy

January 2nd, 2012 - 10:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 2 (IANS) In the first such veterinary medical examination in Kerala, a 14-year-old male hyena from a zoo here underwent an endoscopy Monday for detection of bleeding ulcers.

The hyena, named Rahul by the Thiruvananthapuram zoo authorities, had displayed symptoms similar to its sibling which died last week.

On examination by the veterinarians here, they decided to call in experts from Tamil Nadu.

G. Vijayakumar, a faculty member from the Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakka in Tamil Nadu, conducted the endoscopy at a hospital here.

Speaking to IANS, Vijayakumar said the endoscopy and an ultrascan was done on Rahul and another hyena.

Rahul had bleeding ulcers and his kidney was also found to be having problems, he said.

“The ulcers can be cured in two weeks and the medication will now be given by the veterinarians here. Once it recovers from the ulcer, the treatment for its kidney problems will begin,” he said.

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