HOUSTON – The Houston Zoo has lost a beloved member of the chimpanzee family who died after a routine veterinary exam.
Mac, a 20-year-old male chimp, has been at the zoo for the past four years. He and two other chimps were undergoing routine medical checkups on May 13, but he never fully recovered from the sedation. It was determine d that Mac suffered brain damage due to oxygen deprivation and would not recover. Veterinarians and zoo staff then made the tough decision to euthanize him.
According to the Houston Zoo's website:
The sedation and the exams proceeded normally. However, when the Zoo’s veterinary team began to reverse Mac’s sedation, he did not immediately respond. The veterinary team immediately administered aggressive supportive therapy including oxygen support, antibiotics, and analgesics (pain medication). An analysis of an MRI scan by experts in human neurological medicine revealed that despite the supportive care provided following the sedation reversal, Mac’s neurological functions were compromised and irreversible. Mac was humanely euthanized.