Capybara At Grand Rapids Zoo Has Cancer

  • Posted on: Sep 17 2015

The John Ball Zoo recently released the sad new that their 100-lb capybara name Jersey has cancer. A capybara is a large rodent that resembles a guinea pig.  Jersey is currently recovering from a surgery that attempted to remove the tumor in her leg. It was unsuccessful in removing the full tumor so in a few weeks she will undergo another procedure where chemotherapy beads will be placed in her body to help kill the tumor.

“Amputation is not really the greatest option (for a capybara),” said Ryan Colburn, a zoo veterinarian who’s teaming with doctors from Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners to treat Jersey. “We’re hopeful that the prognosis will be good.”

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