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Gorilla treated for valley fever at LA zoo

June 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jabari, a western lowland gorilla living at the Los Angeles Zoo, is on the mend after receiving treatment for a severe case of valley fever.

The great ape has had the fungal infection for about three years and had lost about a fifth of his body weight, the Los Angeles Times reported.

But after giving Jabari a checkup on Thursday, veterinarians said he has regained much of that weight, and is back up to a relatively normal 360 pounds.

"The good news is that Jabari has finally turned the corner and is doing very well," said Curtis Eng, the zoo's chief veterinarian.


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Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Rick Loomis.