Zoo's baby giraffe gets new cast for broken leg - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Zoo's baby giraffe gets new cast for broken leg

Posted: Updated:
Zuri gets her new cast (Source: Cincinnati Zoo) Zuri gets her new cast (Source: Cincinnati Zoo)
Source: Cincinnati Zoo Source: Cincinnati Zoo
  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Ferguson streets stay calm after violent nights

    Ferguson streets stay calm after violent nights

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:48:18 GMT
    Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed...Full Story >
    Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.Full Story >
  • Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

    Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:35:43 GMT
    A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.Full Story >
    Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children,...Full Story >
  • Taste of Blue Ash this weekend

    Taste of Blue Ash this weekend

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:18:15 GMT
    Taste of Blue Ash, a popular (and delicious) event north of downtown Cincinnati, takes place this weekend serving a variety of food, big music acts and family events. Get all the event details here.Full Story >
    Taste of Blue Ash, a popular (and delicious) event north of downtown Cincinnati, takes place this weekend serving a variety of food, big music acts and family events. Get all the event details here.
    Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Cincinnati Zoo's baby giraffe, Zuri, had her second scheduled doctor's visit after breaking her leg on May 19.

Zoo keepers and veterinarians, along with Equine Specialists Dr. Thomas Beckman and Dr. Michael Farwick, performed the procedure last week at the Giraffe Ridge.

The one-hour procedure of removing Zuri's cast, taking X-rays of her leg and putting a new cast on involved 15-20 people, all playing a very important role such as monitoring anesthesia (heart and respiratory rates), collecting blood to check for indications of problems (e.g. infection), massaging Zuri's legs, body and neck to ensure proper blood circulation to prevent damage to her muscles, taking radiographs (X-rays) and replacing the cast. 

"The digital X-ray equipment allowed us to see real-time images of her injury," said Dr. Mark Campbell, Director of Animal Health, at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.  "It had been 15 days since her last evaluation and we wanted to see how the healing process was going before we proceeded with a new cast. With the help of digital radiology we were able to improve the alignment of the fractured leg.  She recovered well and has been doing fine since the procedure."

"Since Zuri is growing rapidly, we will need to evaluate her every 2 to 3 weeks to make sure the cast is still fitting properly," said Dr. Campbell. "Her next exam may be the most critical.  After 4 – 6 weeks since the injury, I would like to see some callus forming at the site of the injury, which would indicate the healing process has begun and is progressing as hoped." 

"Everybody thinks a fractured arm or leg you can set it and tell them to take it easy," said Dr. Beckman.  "You cannot do that with this animal.  So, you have to have a lot of faith and hope that she will take care of it and we will get the healing we want."

Zuri continues to nurse, walk, and interact with mother, Tessa.  She will remain indoors to help further avoid irritating the injury.  Zuri, Tessa, and her father, Kimba, can all be viewed at Giraffe Ridge.

Copyright 2011 FOX19. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by WorldNow