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Caesarean section in a pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) and the management of the wound
  1. E. J. Flach, MA, MSc, VetMB, CertZooMed, MRCVS1,
  2. I. K. Furrokh, BSc, VN1,
  3. S. M. Thornton, BSc, BVetMed2,
  4. J. Smith, BVetMed3,
  5. J. P. Parkyn, BVetMed3 and
  6. E. J. Campbell, BVMS3
  1. 1 Veterinary Science Group, Institute of Zoology, Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, Dunstable LU6 2LF
  2. 2 Veterinary Science Group, Institute of Zoology, Regent's Park, London NW1A 4RY
  3. 3 Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Campus, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield AL9 7TA


A laparohysterotomy was performed on a 17-year-old pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) to remove a dead oversized fetus. The operation was successful and the animal recovered, but the surgical wound broke down and healed slowly by second intention.

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