After an analysis of blood samples, the veterinary team found evidence of immature white blood cells indicating Cheyenne was experiencing some sort of inflammation or infection. / Houston Zoo
HOUSTON - Cheyenne, the Houston Zoo's famous 42-year-old orangutan, is recovering after a severe illness with help from a team of Texas' top human doctors.
When Cheyenne's eating and activity levels fell dangerously, the Houston Zoo sought help from doctors at Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, reports KHOU.
After investigative surgery, it was determined that Cheyenne had a condition affecting her kidneys and liver.
They were able to put her on an IV that gave her antibiotics, fluids and a sedative that kept her from being too active while in a cushioned bed inside her recovery bedroom in the orangutan night house.
After two weeks, she is now back on display with her adopted daughter, reports the Houston Chronicle.
"She was so happy to be reunited with Aurora, everyone who saw it had tears in their eyes. It was almost like once she got that infant back she was ready to go," Lauren Howard, the zoo's veterinary doctor who oversaw Cheyenne's care, told the paper.
Specialists often step in for difficult cases at the zoo, because zoo veterinarians have to be generalists to serve the vast array of animals housed there.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Medical Center doctors recently helped two other animals at the Houston Zoo: Pandu, a 15-year-old tiger who needed stem cell therapy for orthopedic issues, and Smaug, a Komodo dragon who needed chiropractic care.
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