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Pets and Vets: Sea turtle receives skull surgery and more
A sea turtle recovers from skull surgery in North Carolina and other state news from the world of animal health.



The Minnesota Zoo will close its dolphin exhibit this fall stating there are no viable options to increase the necessary social group for the zoo's remaining two dolphins. Zoo officials say closing the popular attraction has nothing to do with the Feb. 6 death of the young dolphin, Taijah, the sixth dolphin in the zoo's collection to die in as many years. The exhibit opened in 1978.


Kevin Keegan, a professor of equine surgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, has developed a system to assess lameness in horses dubbed the "Lameness Locator." Since detection still relies on simple visual observation, the system uses small sensors placed on the horse's head, right front limb and croup, near the tail. The sensors monitor and record the horse's torso movement while the horse is trotting. The information is compared against data recorded from the movement of both healthy horses and lame horses to assist equine veterinarians and streamline evaluations. More information can be found at


The Columbus Zoo welcomed two Amur Tiger cubs June 28 and 29. The twin cubs weighed just two to three pounds at birth. Due to concerns for the health of the first-born cub, who did not nurse for an extended period after nursing successfully initially, the pair was removed for hand rearing. The cubs, whose conditions are improving, are being raised together to ensure companionship and socialization.


Senator Mark Allen, R-Spiro, wants horse processing facility constructed in eastern Oklahoma. He is in contact with Wyoming State Representative Sue Wallis, Unified Equine LLC, who is working to open several slaughter facilities around the country.


Waterville, Ore., veterinarian Russell Danner is seeking a patent on a mixture of spearmint and wintergreen oils that causes a loss of consciousness in fish. He found the need for an alternative anesthesia to the currently used ethyl 3-amitobenzoate methanesulfonic acid salt, which is dangerous to humans, while working as a state fish pathologist.


A 9-year-old girl died after accidentally falling from a third floor window at the Kutztown Animal Hospital, in Reading, Penn. Police say Michaela Downes was playing with her siblings when she lost her balance and fell through an open, screened window. The girl was a relative of a clinic employee.


Nathan Lee, DVM, at the University of Tennessee's Veterinary Medical Center, used precisely targeted radiation to treat an 11-year-old African lion, "Tsavo," for a tumor near the mouth of the 357-pound animal. The 10-centimeter tumor had shrunk to six centimeters at the time of the lion's fourth and final treatment. If the tumor does not continue to shrink, it will be necessary to remove surgically.


A bobcat "broke in" to the Monroe Corrections Complex in Seattle, a facility designed to keep 2,400 state prisoners locked up. Prison staff called Roger Hancock, DVM, who shot the cat with a tranquilizer gun and took it to the Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish, Wash. The cat suffered a few cuts from the facility's razor-wire, but was stitched up and given a good prognosis.


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