Elephant Surgery with our Custom Anesthesia Ventilator
On February 17th & April 1st, 2007 a 14,000 lbs. male Asian elephant named Tusko at the Portland, Oregon Zoo underwent two surgeries to remove an infected left tusk. As of June, 1st, 2007 he is recovering well.
In August of 2008, Tusko became a father. At the Oregon Zoo an Asian elephant named Rose-Tu gave birth to a 286-pound male baby named Samudra. Samudra's father, Tusko arrived at the zoo on a breeding loan in 2005.
Mallard Medical, Inc. built a custom anesthesia ventilator for Mr. Tusko and participated in both surgeries.
Mr. Tusko on Controlled Ventilator. Inspiratory time 5-6 seconds. Tidal volume 100 liters.
Being connected to the Mallard Ventilator.
Ventilation and inhalation anesthesia being provided and all physiological monitoring in place.
Waterbed inflating under Mr. Tusko.
Bob listening for lung sounds.
Total combined surgery time: 9 1/2 hours.
Mr. Tusko's endotracheal tube. 45mm. Internal Diameter.
One hour post surgery Mr. Tusko asking for food.
Mr. Tusko and Bob
One year post
and Mr. Tusko is a new father to a boy Samuel.