Young orangutan prepares for cancer treatment

9:30 AM, Jul 20, 2012   |    comments
Jungle Island’s orangutan Peanut has been diagnosed with lymphoma. (Source: Jungle Island)
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MIAMI (AP) - Officials at a South Florida animal attraction say one of their young orangutans has cancer.

Jungle Island reports that Peanut, an 8-year-old female, is preparing to undergo treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The cancer was discovered following a recent abdominal surgery to remove what was thought to be a simple obstruction. Jungle Island is seeking help from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Division of Comparative Pathology, which specializes in wildlife.

A team of experts from multiple disciplines is developing a treatment program. Because orangutans share 96 percent of their DNA with humans, Jungle Island says Peanut's treatment will likely be more similar to what a human would receive, rather than another animal.

Jungle Island officials are also concerned about the effect of Peanut's illness on her fraternal twin sister, Pumpkin.

Keep track of Peanut's health and her treatment progress by clicking here or visiting their Facebook page.

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