Zoo Atlanta gorilla takes own blood pressure

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Zoo Atlanta partners with Georgia Tech's BME Dept.

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Consider this a new twist on the phrase “a trained monkey could do that.” In this case, actually, it’s a trained gorilla. Ozzie, the oldest of Zoo Atlanta’s 22 gorillas, has learned to take his blood pressure. It seems that heart disease is the main killer of gorillas in captivity. So Zoo Atlanta entered into a partnership with the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University to come up with a way to get blood pressure readings from the animals while they are awake.

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Consider this a new twist on the phrase “a trained monkey could do that.” In this case, actually, it’s a trained gorilla. Ozzie, the oldest of Zoo Atlanta’s 22 gorillas, has learned to take his blood pressure. It seems that heart disease is the main killer of gorillas in captivity. So Zoo Atlanta entered into a partnership with the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University to come up with a way to get blood pressure readings from the animals while they are awake.

Biomedical engineering students at Georgia Tech developed the “Gorilla Tough Cuff,” and Zoo Atlanta became the first place in the world to do the awake readings. More time is needed before veterinarians establish the normal blood pressure range for adult male gorillas.

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Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech, zoo atlanta
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  • Created By: Floyd Wood
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  • Created On: Nov 29, 2009 - 8:00pm
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:06pm