Abdominal Surgery on a Pygmy Hippo

In October 2016, Chris Downs, DVM, DACVS and his surgical team collaborated with the staff at Brookfield Zoo to successfully perform abdomen surgery on Obesa, a 600 pound pygmy hippo.  The first surgery of its kind, Dr. Downs and the team at Brookfield met with and overcame many challenges in Obesa’s post-operative treatment and care.  Obesa’s journey from diagnosis to release into her habitat are documented in this video produced by the Chicago Zoological Society.