Biannual report gives status of zoo animals under geriatric care 

A 22-year-old boa constrictor named Humbuba was put to sleep at the San Francisco Zoo because even after a year of extensive geriatric care she was becoming immobile, and several other animals are on the same path.

The zoo’s biannual veterinary report on geriatric care
will be presented to the committee at their 2 p.m. meeting in City Hall today.

It outlines how snow leopard Ming Wah, 17, has arthritis and kidney failure and how Tallulah, a 51-year-old chimpanzee, has mammary cancer, and what zoo officials are doing to help them.

The list also points out the oldest animal at the zoo: Mojave, the 63-year-old desert tortoise, who has been receiving ongoing geriatric care.

Wonder how the polar bears are doing.

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