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First reported caesarean section performed under light anaesthesia in a lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris)


This is a case report describing a caesarean section in a lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris), under field conditions, at a UK zoological collection. The procedure was performed through a left flank incision under light anaesthesia with use of local anaesthetic, whereby a stillborn calf was delivered. Recovery was uneventful, with the wound healing in a matter of weeks. Despite being studied in both the wild and captivity, no successful caesarean section has ever been described in either this species or any other tapir species.

  • zoo animals
  • reproduction
  • emergency medicine
  • abdominal
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