Battle Creek, Mich. — You may call it bananas or attribute it to monkey business: A Binder Park Zoo monkey was recently monkeying around and broke its leg.
After observing that the resident red-capped mangabey female monkey named Kanzu was not using her left leg, Binder Park Zoo’s veterinary staff took X-rays and diagnosed that she fractured her left femur. They also determined that the rare 7-year-old monkey needed surgery to repair her broken leg.
So, the zoo reached out to Bronson HealthCare Midwest for help. Two of Bronson’s orthopedic surgeons, Drs. Amy Woznick and Josh Ellwitz, “graciously agreed” to repair Kanzu’s broken leg, according to the zoo. The orthopedic team coordinated donations from Synthes Corporation and Stryker Corporation to accomplish a common goal: to help Kanzu recover back to her healthy, charismatic self. Woznick and Ellwitz repaired the broken femur with a metal plate and screws to help return Kanzu to normal use of her limb as quickly as possible.
“It’s not uncommon for animals to sustain an injury that requires surgery,” Binder Park Zoo staff veterinarian Dr. Judilee Marrow said. “We work to ensure the safety of animals in our care, but animals that are very active, like primates, sometimes injure themselves.
“Kanzu did very well during the procedure and we will continue to keep a close watch over her during her recovery,” Marrow continued.
Red-capped mangabeys are a very charismatic primate species from Central Africa. They are threatened due to over-hunting by local peoples who use the animals to feed their families. This species is rare in captivity; less than 30 animals are managed through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, through which Binder Park Zoo participates and contributes to the management of this species. Throughout the summer it’s not uncommon to find the zoo’s red-capped mangabeys very actively scampering and climbing about in their exhibit space.
Come and check out Binder Park Zoo’s red-capped mangabeys and more when the zoo opens for the season on April 22!