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A zoo has used pioneering technology to perform a CAT scan on a lion with sore gums.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium recently put their new machine to the test to find out the extent of an infection in big cat Tomo's mouth.
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The zoo is one of just six in the U.S. with computerised axial tomography (CAT) technology on site.
They say the CAT scanner will allow vets to understand the interior of any animal with a hard exterior. like a shell.
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During the procedure, zoo staff said they found the 14-year-old African lion had a gum infection and he is now taking medicine.
It is hoped he will be fully recovered in two months.
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Tomo, a fourteen-year-old African lion, has fathered three litters producing a total of five cubs since arriving at the zoo in 2006.
With this technology available on site, vets are now able to perform CAT scans on other large animals like gorillas too.
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'We were a little concerned about Tomo,' the zoo's vice president of animal health, Dr. Randy Junge, told 10News.
'He's older. He's almost 15 years old. He's had this dental issue for...
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