Team of doctors help save Houston Zoo's oldest orangutan

HOUSTON (KHOU) -- A sick orangutan at the Houston Zoo is recovering thanks to a team of doctors who normally only treat humans.

According to the zoo, Cheyenne, 42, wasn't eating well and became severely ill.

Doctors from Texas Children's and Baylor College of Medicine were called in to do investigative surgery. They later determined she had a condition affecting her kidneys and liver.

After two weeks of IV treatment, the zoo says Cheyenne is getting better each day.

Through this lifeline, she received antibiotics, fluids, and a sedative that kept her from being too active while in a cushioned bed inside her recovery bedroom in the orangutan night house.



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