When we go to a doctor, they often observe us from the outside, but sometimes, they may need to take a look inside to see what is going on. The same is also true of animals. When zookeepers take a look at the animals under their care, they often need to do so with the use of x-rays. It helps them to keep up on the health of those animals and if necessary, to provide some assistance. The Oregon Zoo has high-quality digital radiology equipment, and all of us can benefit from it.
The Banfield Pet Hospital made a nice donation in 2009 that allowed the zoo to purchase specialized tools, including x-rays. Not only does it allow them to peer inside of the animals but it also helps them to share the results and to store the images. The benefits to animals mean that they won’t spend as much time under anesthesia and they’ll have a quicker turnaround with better results. Although x-rays are often used by the veterinarians at the zoo, anybody can benefit from looking at them. After all, when was the last time you saw inside of an animal?
The Oregon zoo has been sharing x-rays to give the public a glimpse at the animals they love in a different way. It doesn’t matter if you are talking about the bill of a toucan or the paw of a tiger, they have a lot to offer.
The Portland, Oregon zoo has over 2,500 animals, including 15 that are endangered and seven that are threatened. By sharing this work with others, they give the public the opportunity to see how much care they put into the health of each animal at the zoo.
You can see those amazing x-rays from the Organon Zoo below.
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