He was anaesthetised and then carried on a stretcher by a team of eight people to a waiting mini-van for the short trip to the zoo’s veterinary hospital.
‘As with humans, it is important to minimise the length of time a patient is anaesthetised so there were quite a few people involved to undertake the various tasks as quickly as possible,’ Perth Zoo’s senior veterinarian Dr Simone Vitali said.
‘The veterinary team worked on Dinar from head to toe, making the most of the opportunity to check him over thoroughly.
‘We took blood samples, checked his mouth and teeth, and gave him his tetanus vaccination.
She said Dinar appeared to be in great condition.