Gorillas get physicals at Brookfield Zoo

Members of the Veterinary Services Department within the Chicago Zoological Society examine Binti Jua, a 22-year-old female western lowland gorilla, as the team performs physicals on two of the Brookfield Zoo's six gorillas, Thursday, March 10, 2011, in Brookfield, Ill. During the physicals performed every couple of years, the team draws blood to test cholesterol, metabolism, kidney and liver functions, performs dental and eye exams, takes radiographs of the chest and abdomen, and the team also does a cardiac ultrasound. ( (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green))
March 10, 2011 2:17:42 PM PST
Two Western Lowland Gorillas got routine physicals from Brookfield Zoo veterinarians on Thursday.

Binti Jua, 22, and her son, Bakari, 6, were given physical examinations similar to those given to humans by doctors- blood tests, dental exams, and eye exams. Binti and Bakari also got radiographs of their chests and abdomens and had cardiac ultrasounds.

Fifteen years ago, Binti made world headlines when she cradled a toddler who fell into her exhibit and handed the 3-year-old boy over to zoo staff. She was 8 years old at the time and was carrying her own baby, Kola, now 16, on her back.

Bakari's father is Ramar, a silverback gorilla at Brookfield Zoo.


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