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Uburanga the Silverback

Our Hospital is the Forest! Uburanga, the dominant silverback of Hirwa group was observed limping and favoring his back right foot. When mountain gorillas are ill or injured, Gorilla Doctors veterinarians keep a close eye on their condition and only intervene if life-threatening. Uburanga's limp got worse - his health deteriorated and he was moving behind his group. Gorilla Doctors anesthetized Uburanga and took x-rays using a portable x-ray machine that we carried into the forest. Fortunately, he did not have any broken bones. Gorilla Doctors administered antibiotics and conducted a full physical exam. Over time and close monitoring, Uburanga made a full recovery.

Uburanga the Silverback's Story