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Update: Gorilla Pete's Surgery a Success

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Editor

The handsome Pete. Photo: Dennis Dow/WPZ.

Thank you all for your well wishes for gorilla Pete, whose dental surgery to remove a premolar was a success! The 46-year-old silverback is already back in his exhibit and doing well. While he was under anesthesia, our animal health experts had a chance to give him a close exam and found Pete to be in good physical condition with no signs of significant cardiac disease—great news for our oldest gorilla.

Big thanks to our zookeepers and veterinary team for keeping Pete in great health for his old age—now if they can just figure out what to do about that growing bald spot of his!

ICYMI: See how keepers provide special TLC for aging Pete and his mate Nina in their golden gorilla years.