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Young gorilla at San Diego Zoo gets cataract surgery

A team of veterinarians and ophthalmic surgeons removed a cataract from the eye of a 3-year-old Western lowland gorilla at San Diego Zoo Safari Park and replaced it with a lens designed for people. Trainers worked for two months prior to the surgery get Leslie and her mother, Kokamo, comfortable with the care that would be needed after surgery, and both primates were sedated for the surgery so they would not experience separation anxiety.

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