Disney veterinarians train gorillas to be perfect patients

08/24/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Disney Animal Kingdom gorilla Gino has heart disease and, not long ago, veterinarians had to sedate him each time they needed to check his vital signs or give him a checkup. That's changed since the team led by veterinarian Mark Stetter figured out a way to train gorillas to sit still and cooperate during exams. Zoos across the country are adopting their method, which combines verbal cues, hand signals and treats.

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