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July 6, 1997 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the Los Angeles Zoo, Herman, the Indian rhino, is almost blind from cataracts. Gita, an Asian elephant well into middle age, has severe arthritis. Time has taken its toll on the kidneys of Indira, the 14-year-old tiger. Senior tamarins and marmosets are bedeviled by gum disease. Koo, a white-cheeked gibbon of a certain age, has developed diabetes.
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March 7, 1997 | JOHN M. GONZALES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Caesar, a 20-year-old male gorilla, returned to his exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo on Thursday, but his near-death after surgery had zoo veterinarians urging the construction of new medical care facilities. The zoo has the money to build the $10.5-million project. But it has been stymied by the Sierra Club and equestrian groups, who say the plan would take too much of a popular slice of Griffith Park.
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September 23, 1996 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the cold operating room, the surgeon starts to sweat. Through his wet plastic face shield, Dr. Robert L. Rooks peers deep into the open hip of a muscular Rottweiler named Thor. Two technicians pull hard at the opening with retractors, their feet planted in a tug-of-war stance. "It's a real tight fit," Rooks mutters via headset to his four surgical assistants. It's the fourth hip replacement of the day for Rooks, who works in a veterinary operating room set up exactly like one for people.
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September 7, 1996 | Reuters
When residents of this town want the best medical care money can buy, they will soon be able to go to the local veterinary hospital. It has some of the region's most advanced medical equipment, including a magnetic resonance imager. On Monday, an 80-year-old woman will be the first human to be diagnosed on the MRI at Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
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September 3, 1996 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Admittedly, the cantaloupe was just a distraction. Terai--a 2 1/2-ton Indian rhino--slurped, slobbered and snorted as she crunched the melon in her giant jaws. Cynthia Stringfield figured she had about 10 seconds to insert a needle into a vein in the rhino's ear and draw blood before the beast finished her snack and realized that she was a pachyderm-sized pincushion. "Hi, girl," Stringfield cooed as she poked at Terai's skin. "Be good. . . ."
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July 25, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS
A Lake View Terrace man was sentenced Wednesday to 1,000 hours of community service after pleading no contest to animal neglect and practicing veterinary medicine without a license, authorities said. George Bernard Shaw, 66, was sentenced by Van Nuys Municipal Court Commissioner Mitchell Block after Shaw entered his plea to two counts of animal neglect and one count of unlicensed veterinary practice, said Mike Qualls, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office.
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July 19, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The good news is that after more than a year with only one veterinarian to care for the 74,000 animals that come through Los Angeles shelters each year, the Animal Regulation Department hired a second vet last week. The bad news is that he quit the next day. "He was really not here long enough for me to get used to," said Dena Mangiamele, the department's lone vet. "What are you going to do?" Mangiamele said that Grover H.
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