Makokou the gorilla is doing well after surgery, ‘enjoying time in the sun’

Specialists are satisfied with Makokou’s recovery after his recent surgery. Image: ALON SKUY/TimesLIVE

Makokou the gorrila is well on his way to celebrating his 35th birthday on July 9 following his successful surgery on Saturday last week.

The Johannesburg Zoo said Makokou underwent surgery to remove  nasal growths. The procedure was done at the zoo’s veterinary hospital.

Dr Kresen Pillay said Makokou was in pain post-surgery, but a team of specialists came up with a pain control regimen to which he responded positively. Pillay said the specialists are satisfied with his recovery and improvement in his condition.

The western lowland gorilla is enjoying the sun and the company of his care givers at the zoo.

“His appetite has increased and he is reacting and responding very well to his care givers. Over the past few days, he has been enjoying his time outside in the sunlight,” said Pillay.

Makokou made global news headlines three weeks ago when he was airlifted from the zoo to the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital for a full examination and CT scan.

TimesLIVE reported at the time that the gorilla would be operated on by a team of eight specialists who have been assessing him since May.

At the time Pillay told TimesLIVE Makokou had formed growths in his nose, a common condition among gorillas.



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