A large zebra on a surgical table is not your everyday sighting!
A few weeks ago, guests had the unique opportunity to watch through floor-to-ceiling glass walls at the Animal Care Center as Veterinarian Dr. Pete Black performed an endoscopic exam on a female Grevy’s zebra. -- AND we want to share a few photos from the exam with you!
Busch Gardens’ animal care specialists move a female Grevy’s zebra on a hydraulic large animal table into the Animal Care Center’s main treatment room.
At this point, the female zebra is already intubated, meaning a tube has been inserted into her mouth and airway. Her IV catheter is running and she is being hooked up to inhalant anesthesia.
Veterinarian Dr. Pete Black then begins the flexible endoscopic exam of the zebra’s nasal sinuses, guttural pouches (unique odd-toed ungulate anatomy in the skull), trachea and bronchi.
Pictured below is an over-the-shoulder look of the endoscopy. The image on the screen was from her nasal sinuses.
Lastly, Dr. Black maneuvers the endoscope into the opening of one of her guttural pouches.