Oregon Zoo elephants resist TB medicine

08/15/2013 | Oregonian (Portland), The

After testing confirmed Oregon Zoo elephants Packy and Rama carried tuberculosis, zoo veterinarian Mitch Finnegan began treating them with four medications, but both animals began refusing the treatments. Packy went into musth, a period of high testosterone that makes him uncooperative, and now Rama is refusing oral medication. Dr. Finnegan said Packy is already coming out of musth, so his treatment will resume soon, and they are experimenting with hiding the drugs in treats such as pudding.

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