Bronson doctors repair monkey’s broken leg

Bronson orthopedic surgeons Dr. Josh Ellwitz and Dr. Amy Woznick study x-rays of Kanzu's fractured femur. (Photos courtesy Binder Park Zoo)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) – A rare mangabey monkey is on the mend – thanks to some Bronson Healthcare doctors – after undergoing surgery for a broken leg.

Veterinarians at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek noticed that Kanzu, a 7-year-old red-capped mangabey, was not using her left leg, and x-rays showed that she had fractured her femur, according to the zoo.

“It’s not uncommon for animals to sustain an injury that requires surgery,” said staff veterinarian Dr. Judilee Marrow in a release from the zoo. “We work to ensure the safety of animals in our care, but animals that are very active, like primates, sometimes injure themselves.”

The zoo contacted Bronson Healthcare, and two orthopedic surgeons – Dr. Amy Woznick and Dr. Josh Ellwitz – agreed to help.

The doctors were able to repair Kanzu’s leg with screws and a metal plate, allowing the monkey to get back to normal activity as soon as possible, zoo officials said.

Red-capped mangabeys, according to the release, are rare in captivity, and less than 30 of them exist in a species survival program managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Binder Park Zoo opens for its 2014 season on April 22.

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