Specialists at the RVC have helped a critically endangered monkey to return to full health after it was referred from London Zoo.

Ziggy underwent a CT scan at the RVC Queen Mother Hospital for Animals.
Ziggy underwent a CT scan at the RVC Queen Mother Hospital for Animals.

Ziggy, a three-and-a-half-year-old white-naped mangabey, a critically endangered species native to Sub-Saharan western Africa, was suffering with epiphora and epistaxis that was causing sneezing, nose bleeds and discharge from one of her eyes.

Vets from the zoo undertook a procedure to remove old strands of grass that had become stuck in Ziggy’s nasal cavity and were understood to be causing discomfort. This procedure reduced Ziggy’s symptoms, but she was still showing signs of discharge.

CT Scan

The zoo’s vets sought further expertise from the specialists at the RVC’s Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA) and asked them to evaluate Ziggy’s symptoms to ensure all foreign bodies were removed from her nasal cavity and to ensure a quick and full recovery.

At QMHA, Ziggy underwent a CT scan and the QMHA team, alongside vets and keepers from Zoological Society of London (ZSL) performed endoscopic surgery to remove the additional debris.

The team that undertook the procedure included clinicians Monica Augusto and Gert ter Haar, anaesthetists Paulo Monticelli and Tristan Merlin, head medicine and endoscopy nurse Gina Parkes, and endoscopy nurse Jade Porter.

Ziggy made a full recovery.
Ziggy made a full recovery.

Following the surgery, Ziggy was put on a short course of anti-inflammatories and antibiotics and has made a full recovery and is now in peak health.

Collaboration vital

Nic Masters, head of veterinary services at ZSL, which runs London Zoo, said: “With more than 700 different species at London Zoo alone, the ZSL veterinary department is responsible for the health care of a huge diversity of patients.

“Collaboration with institutes such as the RVC is vital so we can pool our combined expertise, and specialist equipment to provide the very best care for the animals we look after.”

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