Injured gorilla gets special service from TNT Express


10-year old gorilla Shufai recovering from operation

25 April 2013
- TNT Express delivered emergency x-ray equipment to Cameroon to help save a young gorilla that had been shot in the jungle by poachers. When TNT Express was called for help in the treatment of 10-year-old Shufai, who required vital surgery to his injured arm, the company’s Special Services division swung into action. TNT Express collected the specialist x-ray kit from the zoo in Warwickshire and flew it to Yaounde via Paris. Twycross Zoo turned to TNT Express because of its expertise in international deliveries of out-of-the-ordinary parcels.

The young gorilla, whose mother was killed by hunters, was rescued by conservation group Ape Action Africa. Three British vets, including Sharon Redrobe, Zoological Director at Twycross Zoo, flew to Mefou to operate on Shufai’s damaged arm.

Sharon said: "Pre-surgery x-rays on Shufai showed the damage to his wrist had worsened and soon after starting the operation we had to make the difficult decision to amputate his arm above the elbow. We wouldn’t have been able to establish the extent of the injury without the machine TNT kindly shipped for us.”

Shufai is now healing well from his surgery and he has even been spotted in the forest chest-beating with one arm.


Page publication date: 25 April 2013 11:30 CET