Gorillas Get Heart Check-Ups

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The Nebraska Medical Center is working with the Henry Doorly Zoo to keep gorilla tickers in top shape.

A 450 pound gorilla by the name of Mo had a heart scan Friday, a checkup to make sure his heart is working properly.

Oddly, the process isn’t much different than business as usual for the medicos.

NMC’s Joan Olson said, “Actually, the hearts are pretty similar to human hearts. So, no. There’s not a lot of difference between the two. That’s why it’s easy for us to scan because it looks just like a human heart.

Zoo officials say five out of the eight gorillas at the zoo do have heart problems and are treated with medication.

Mo is 30-years-old and the oldest of the bunch. His heart checked out fine.

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