Elephant to undergo surgery in Tbilisi Zoo
31 October, 2018
Elephant to undergo surgery in Tbilisi Zoo
The elephant Grand is about to undergo the hardest surgery today on the 31st of October. In 2014, the elephant Grand was brought to Georgia from the Yerevan Zoo, Armenia with broken tusks. The international veterinarian surgeons removed a portion of his infected tusk in 2014. According to the vets, Grand’s operation has been the hardest one in their practice.

Read more: World media covers elephant's surgery in Tbilisi zoo

The operation, which took place at Tbilisi Zoo, was more complicated
than expected and lasted for several hours. British veterinary surgeons used an electric drill to remove the tusk.
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Tusk extraction surgery on the elephant Grand in 2014, Photo courtesy: www.zoo.ge

Besides the tusk, the doctors extracted stones, pieces of gravel, sand and a huge cyst that caused the infection. The infection spread to the entire organism of the elephant. Due to the fact that the operation got complicated, the vets were able to extract only 1 tusk. The second operation was scheduled to take place after two years.

Today, the veterinarian surgeons from South Africa are going to operate on the elephant to extract the other tusk. The operation will be recorded by international journalists for the new BBC TV series “Big Animal Surgery”.

The operation will be carried out by one of the most famous animal dentist Peter Kertesz. The doctor arrived in Tbilisi with his 4 assistants to provide the operation on Grand.
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Tusk extraction surgery on the elephant Grand in 2014, Photo courtesy: www.zoo.ge

Tusks extraction surgery is a very serious procedure. One tusk extraction needs several hours and it is very risky to have such a huge animal under anesthesia. It happens that the awakening of the animal after anesthesia becomes impossible so the animal dies. It is hoped everything will end up well and this complicated surgery will have no after-effects.

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