Stem cell treatment helps monkey at Mesker Park Zoo


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- Zookeepers at Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville noticed KJ, a 17-year-old monkey had severe back problems when he kept putting his hand behind his back and had trouble climbing.

KJ was then put on three different medications before undergoing experimental stem cell treatments. That therapy is given to him every 30 days. The first was under the supervision of a researcher at Colorado State University.

The second was handled by local caretakers. Since then we’re told KJ has made some remarkable progress. Zookeepers said the goal of the experimental treatment is to help KJ and other monkeys and to possibly benefit human research as well.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 4, 2020)

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