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Sports physician called to diagnose a gorilla's leg injury

  • Jumoke, a gorilla at the Woodland Park Zoo received medical care from University of Washington's esteemed sports physician Kimberly Harmon
  • She was treated for a leg injury she suffered after a physical altercation with one of her zoo mates, Uzumma
  • X-rays showed the zoo animal suffered a fractured tibia in the lower region of her right leg, which did not require invasive surgery
  • By the time Jumoke underwent the examination, she had already showed signs of natural healing
  • She was given doctor's orders to receive physical therapy. She was also given antibiotics and pain medication for the recovery process

By Jessa Schroeder For Dailymail.com

Published: 01:43 EDT, 18 October 2017 | Updated: 02:48 EDT, 18 October 2017

A 275-pound gorilla named Jumoke received top-notch medical care for a leg injury she suffered following a physical altercation with one of her zoo mates.

Officials at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle called upon University of Washington's esteemed sports physician, Dr. Kimberly Harmon, to take on the unusual challenge of treating the primate after they were left with few other resources within reach.

Harmon, who is the head doctor for the Huskies football team, agreed to examine the gorilla who was said to be limping and experiencing difficulties placing weight on her right leg.

It seems the pained Jumoke recently found herself involved in a fight with a younger female gorilla named Uzumma.

Jumoke, a gorilla at the Woodland Park Zoo received medical care from University of Washington's sports physician Kimberly Harmon and a team of assistants
Jumoke, a gorilla at the Woodland Park Zoo received medical care from University of Washington's sports physician Kimberly Harmon and a team of assistants

Jumoke, a gorilla at the Woodland Park Zoo received medical care from University of Washington's sports physician Kimberly Harmon and a team of assistants

Officials at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle called upon University of Washington's esteemed sports physician, Dr. Kimberly Harmon, to take on the unusual challenge
Officials at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle called upon University of Washington's esteemed sports physician, Dr. Kimberly Harmon, to take on the unusual challenge

Officials at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle called upon University of Washington's esteemed sports physician, Dr. Kimberly Harmon, to take on the unusual challenge

The gorilla was said to be limping and experiencing difficulties placing weight on her right leg
The gorilla was said to be limping and experiencing difficulties placing weight on her right leg

The gorilla was said to be limping and experiencing difficulties placing weight on her right leg

Harmon, (pictured) who is the head doctor for the Huskies football team, agreed to examine Jumoke
Harmon, (pictured) who is the head doctor for the Huskies football team, agreed to examine Jumoke

Harmon, (pictured) who is the head doctor for the Huskies football team, agreed to examine Jumoke

X-rays showed the zoo animal suffered a fractured tibia in the lower region of her right leg, which would not require invasive surgery.

Dr. Darin Collins, Woodland Park Zoo's director of animal health, told Komo News officials at the zoo felt 'very fortunate' Harmon was able to assist in a proper diagnosis for the beloved Jumoke.

'Who better to call than the head physician of one of the nation's top-ranked football programs?' Collins said.

X-rays showed the zoo animal suffered a fractured tibia in the lower region of her right leg, which would not require her to receive invasive surgery
X-rays showed the zoo animal suffered a fractured tibia in the lower region of her right leg, which would not require her to receive invasive surgery

X-rays showed the zoo animal suffered a fractured tibia in the lower region of her right leg, which would not require her to receive invasive surgery

The gorilla  already showed signs of improvement through natural healing by the time she was examined by the docs
The gorilla  already showed signs of improvement through natural healing by the time she was examined by the docs

The gorilla  already showed signs of improvement through natural healing by the time she was examined by the docs

Also in assistance to Dr. Harmon for the examination were sports orthopedic surgeon Dr. Albert Gee and Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle's Dr. Leslie Eide and Dr. Alex Aguila. 

By the time Jumoke underwent the examination, she had already showed signs of improvement through natural healing.

However, Dr. Harmon said in order to assure Jumoke fully recovers, she would need to complete physical therapy sessions - a common order she gives her human patients.

Jumoke returned to her habitat at the Washington zoo to her male partner, Vip, and grand baby Yola
Jumoke returned to her habitat at the Washington zoo to her male partner, Vip, and grand baby Yola

Jumoke returned to her habitat at the Washington zoo to her male partner, Vip, and grand baby Yola

'This type of fracture in a human is typical of a blunt force impact and should heal if a bone infection does not complicate the healing,' Dr. Harmon said, according to the newspaper.

Jumoke was also given pain medication and antibiotics in the case of an infection.

Collins said in the interview with Komo that while zoo officials often treat animals for injuries, it was a blessing to have further assistance from a top-notch team of doctors.

'We take care of more than 1,000 animals at the zoo, (so) we are so grateful to this network and especially to Harmon, Eide and the other specialists who donated their time and expertise to help our injured gorilla,' Collins said.

Jumoke returned to her habitat at Woodland Park to her male partner, Vip, and grand baby, Yola.

She also resides at the zoo with Uzumma and two other fellow gorillas.


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