It is not the first time that the Nebraska Medical Center has been contacted for the surgery of an animal. This time, it is a 27-year-old silverback gorilla, named Motuba. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo could not perform the jaw surgery, so they contacted the hospital.
Doug Armstrong, who is director of animal health at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, said that Motuba had a fight with other gorilla on Thursday night and got injured. It had a fight with a younger gorilla, and it is quite common among male gorillas to have a fight among each other. "It's just the nature of male gorillas that you have conflicts", said Armstrong.
Through CT scan of Motuba's jaw, it was found that its jaw has been fractured. Due to it, a piece of Motuba's jaw was taken out as well as some of its teeth. Armstrong said that if this would have been the case of a human, then doctor could have re-fixed his teeth or would have wired his jaw. But such kind of thing was not possible with Motuba.
Motuba will not be back in zoo for some time now, as zoo authorities want to see other inmates' reaction for Motuba's return.