“How much will you pay me if I say yes?”
Ozzie, one of Zoo Atlanta’s male gorillas, and his keeper Jodi Carrigan have been working together for seven years….
“Heart disease is very serious in the captive population” said director of veterinary services at Zoo Atlanta Dr. Hayley Murphy. “About forty two percent of the animals are affected, and those animals go on to die from the disease itself.”
The problem of heart disease in captive gorillas has haunted researchers for years.
“We don’t really know what causes cardiac disease” Dr. Murphy said. “Our theory is it’s blood pressure. But we can’t prove that until we get awake blood pressures.”…
While Jodi Carrigan was trying to train Ozzie Zoo Atlanta turned to a design team from Georgia Tech to invent a gorilla blood pressure sleeve….
It took Jodi Carrigan five months to convince Ozzie to do it….
Now Ozzie puts his arm in the specially designed sleeve and keeps it there, while veterinarian Michelle Moses feeds him pudding.
“So he knows” described Jodi Carrigan, “…okay…I’m holding still. This is what they want from me. And I’m getting rewarded for it.”
Related Link: Ozzie, Zoo Atlanta, and the Gorilla Tough Cuff