Prickly fish undergoes operation
Zoological Society of London carries out an operation on prickly leatherjacket triggerfish
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Monday, 11, May 2009 12:01
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has carried out an operation on a prickly leatherjacket triggerfish to have a growth removed from its tail.
Experts at the London Zoo gave the fish, known as Prudence, a general anesthetic prior to the operation.
During the three-hour procedure the fish was kept constantly wet as efforts were made to remove a benign tumour.
A press release from the ZSL claims the fish has recovered well and has been returned to the zoo's aquarium.
Prickly leatherjacket triggerfish are filefish which originate from the Indo-west pacific and can grow up to 31cm in length.