Potter Park Zoo to Transfer Camel to MSU for Treatment

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Potter Park Zoo to Transfer Camel to MSU for Treatment

Dec 2, 2010

LANSING, MI --- Potter Park Zoo will be transporting Newton, a 15-year-old Bactrian Camel, to MSU’s veterinary hospital for arthritis treatment on Monday, December 6.

“We hope to diagnose and repair his knee joint,” said Dr. Tara Harrison, Veterinarian/Curator at Potter Park Zoo. “Despite medications, he’s been having a very difficult time moving. This is our last heroic attempt to hopefully help improve his life.”

The animal care staff decided transferring Newton to MSU is the best option because Potter Park Zoo does not currently have a facility large enough to perform surgery on an animal of his size. Potter Park Zoo security will escort doctors and staff during the process in order to minimize the risk for Newton.

“If we bring him there and determine that his joints are not repairable, he will likely be humanely euthanized and brought to the MSU Diagnostic Center for a complete necropsy,” said Dr. Harrison. “We are trying our hardest to help him but due to the severity of his arthritis, we realize that he may not make it.”

Newton was born in 1997 and came to Potter Park Zoo in 1999 from the Dallas Zoo. He has produced multiple offspring, all of which have been transferred to Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) approved organizations.

Potter Park Zoo is located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. within Potter Park along the Red Cedar River in Lansing, Michigan. The zoo is open daily year-round, winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (517) 483-4222 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org.


Jake Pechtel - Marketing
517.342.2769 / jpechtel@ingham.org 

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