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Orangutan On Birth Control: Kitra, Cleveland Zoo Animal, Gets Implanted Device

Kitra Birth Control

01/25/12 06:44 PM ET  AP

CLEVELAND -- A Cleveland Clinic women's health specialist has made a house call at the zoo to demonstrate how to fit an orangutan with a newer brand of implanted birth-control device.

General Curator Geoffrey Hall says the zoo doesn't want the Bornean orangutan to breed, at least not now. The procedure by Dr. Judith Volkar went well and the animal was back on her feet within hours.

A spokesman says Kitra had previously been fitted with an implanted device commonly used by the zoo, but developed a negative reaction.

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