Zoo Animal to Undergo Surgery
Doctors at the National Zoo in Washington will operate on of its Rothschild's giraffes today to remove a large, lemon-sized tumor.
Zoo veterinary and animal care staff first noticed the lump about one month ago during a training session with the animal. Zoo officials say fluid drained from the tumor indicates it's a skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma.
A team of zoo staff and other experts will anesthetize the giraffe and remove the lump. Veterinarians say the giraffe's long neck makes anesthesia especially complicated. Giraffes have a tendency to regurgitate, which can be fatal while under anesthesia.
Zoo officials will hold a news conference this afternoon to provide an update.