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Tasmanian devil returns to San Diego Zoo after pacemaker surgery

General June 3, 2016

A Tasmanian devil named Nick is seen at the Conrad Prebys Australian Outback at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, CaliforniaA Tasmanian devil named Nick is back in his exhibit area at the San Diego Zoo after receiving a pacemaker to make his heartbeat normal. In January, zoo veterinarians discovered that Nick suffered from an abnormally slow heartbeat and his cardiologist decided that surgery was in order. Nick is only the second of his species on record ever to be implanted with a pacemaker, according to staff at the San Diego Zoo.  “His heartbeats were too slow and now the pacemaker is going to actually take over (pacing) his heart and is going to determine when to pace fast or slow depending on his activity,” said Dr. Joao Orvalho, a cardiologist at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Center in San Diego.


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