New X-Ray Lab Helps Enhance Animal Health

The Lake Superior Zoo Recently Received Updated X-Ray Equipment, an Upgrade from the 1970s

DULUTH, Minn. – Staff at the Lake Superior Zoo spent their Monday morning working with new equipment donated to them.

The Zoo’s Burmese Python, Monty, was lucky number one to receive routine X-rays thanks to St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.

St. Luke’s recently donated a $50,000 dollar machine to the Zoo after replacing it with newer diagnostic equipment in their Miller Creek facility.

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co., along with Gardner Builders also played an important role, donating construction time and materials to do so.

“This is an incredible gift, the generosity of St. Luke’s has been beyond my wildest dreams; in fact this town has been very helpful to the Zoo in the long run,” Dr. Louise Beyea, Lake Superior Zoo Veterinarian said.

Before receiving this updated equipment, the Zoo was using machines from the 1970s, and having to transport animals elsewhere for precise diagnosis.

“What we’re going to be able to do is get some base line X–rays on our animals when their healthy, so that when their sick, we’re going to have a normal picture of that animal for comparison,” Beyea said.

For a more in depth look into how this new technology will benefit the Lake Superior Zoo, tune in Wednesday to FOX 21 Local News for this week’s Animal Answers.

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