Tusk of elephant Grand successfully removed in Tbilisi Zoo
31 October, 2018
Tusk of elephant Grand successfully removed in Tbilisi Zoo
Surgery of the elephant Grand in Tbilisi zoo was successful and is over now. Elephant can walk now but specialists still observe its condition. Grand now can move in its aviary.

Surgery was held under an open sky. In the beginning of the process photographers and cameramen were allowed to record video and take photos. This process lasted only for 15 minutes.
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First steps of elephant Grand after the surgery

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It was one of the hardest surgeries ever

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Specialists were invited from
South Africa to make an operation

Read more: Elephant to undergo surgery in Tbilisi Zoo

In 2014 Grand underwent another surgery and part of its tusk was removed. Operation lasted for 11 hours and it was harder for the elephant to recover after anesthesia. According to the vets, Grand’s operation has been the hardest one in their practice.
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Elephant Grand walks in its aviary

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Surgery was planned by the South African specialists

Veterinarian surgeons from South Africa were specially invited to Georgia. The operation was recorded by international journalists for the new BBC TV series “Big Animal Surgery”.

The operation was 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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Eyes pf elephant Grand were covered during the operation

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Medical staff attended surgery

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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.
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During surgery

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Elephant Grand feels well after the surgery

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