Corneal Trauma in a Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Conference 2006
A.H. Lee1, DVM, MS; S.C. Chin1, DVM, MS; Chung-Tien Lin2, DVM, PhD

1Taipei Zoo, Taipei, Taiwan; 2Department of Veterinary Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan


This giraffe patient was newborn. It weighed only 48 kg and was measured to be 160 cm tall. On the sixth day of life, an 8-mm corneal lesion was found on the giraffe’s right eye, causing the eye to be swollen and to discharge ocular fluid. The giraffe was tranquilized with 5 mg xylazine (Tranquived Injection, VEDCO, Inc., St. Joseph, MO, USA) by intramuscular injection, then given isoflurane (IsoFlo, Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago, IL, USA) to induce (5%) and maintain (2.5%) the anesthesia. A third eyelid flap was positioned to protect the corneal lesion. After 1 mo the cornea received another wound from suture friction. Temporary tarsorrhaphy was performed during a second surgery to address this problem. Two months later the suture was removed and the eye was completely recovered.


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A.H. Lee, DVM, MS
Taipei Zoo
Taipei, Taiwan

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