Why Vicky the Orangutan is breathing easier

There's been a delicate operation at Chester Zoo where a 29 year old orangutan by the name of Vicky has successfully had surgery on her sinuses.

A special operation for Vicky the Orangutan

There's been a very delicate operation at Chester Zoo where a 29 year old orangutan by the name of Vicky has successfully had surgery on her sinuses.

It's the first time the procedure has been done in the UK.

The 2 hour operation was carried out at Chester Zoo's on-site Animal Health Centre by the zoo's vets, colleagues from Blackpool Zoo and a human sinus expert from the nearby Nuffield Grosvenor Hospital in Chester.

Vicky, a Bornean orangutan, usually lives at Blackpool Zoo but is currently staying in Chester with three other orangutans until a new home in Blackpool is completed. The Zoo said the surgery went smoothly and Vicky should be back with the rest of her group very soon.