You Won’t Believe Your Eyes…This Silverback Gorilla Is Probably The Most Unusual Hospital Patient You’ve Ever Seen

12/23/13 4:15PM EST

You Wont Believe Your Eyes This Silverback Gorilla Is Probably The Most Unusual Hospital Patient Youve Ever Seen You Wont Believe Your Eyes...This Silverback Gorilla Is Probably The Most Unusual Hospital Patient Youve Ever Seen

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This silverback gorilla is terrifying and awe-inspiring even when he’s unconscious.

Reddit user atodaso explains that the giant was getting a routine “heart work up,” since gorillas are prone to cardiac disease when they live in captivity. Atodaso, then a veterinary student, was assisting with the procedure. He said being in the animal’s presence was “a little terrifying,” despite knowing all the precautions; the animal was under plenty of anesthetic, his feet were strapped together, and both arms were tethered.

Recovery from such a procedure is tricky if only because of the silverback’s capabilities. Atodaso explains, “We kept him intubated for as long as possible. Before we took him off of gas, we administered a good dose of an opiod to slow the recovery. We also made sure to pad his recovery room if there was any dysphoria.”

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