Omaha Hospital Treats Victim of Zoo Scuffle

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Nebraska Medical Center could have been mistaken for a zoo after a special patient was brought in for treatment of fractured jaw.

A 27-year-old silverback gorilla named Motuba was brought in Saturday for a CT scan after a scuffle with another gorilla. Doug Armstrong, director of animal health at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, says the zoo doesn't have the capability to perform the scan.

Motuba is among four silverbacks that socialize together at the zoo. Armstrong says Motuba and one of the younger gorillas apparently got into a physical confrontation that left Motuba with a fractured jaw that pushed three of his teeth outward.

Armstrong says that after surveying the extent of Motuba's injuries, surgery was done to remove the piece of fractured jaw and the askew teeth.

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