Training: Measuring Sloth Bear Blood Pressure at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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Dec. 3, 2015. When sloth bear Francois’s lips mysteriously turned blue, Zoo veterinarians diagnosed him with high blood pressure. Now, with ongoing treatment and medication, his condition has improved and he seems his old self. But what is the average blood pressure of a geriatric sloth bear? Asia Trail keeper Stacey Tabellario is hoping to learn exactly that, as she trains Francois to use a blood pressure cuff. The information gathered from his medical training will help other zoos that care for elderly sloth bears!

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