Matadi a 12-year old Western lowland gorilla at Paignton Zoo is helping researchers understand heart disease in great apes – including humans.
Academics are giving the 365 pound gorilla a routine check-up before moving to another collection – Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent.
The data will help to define what is normal for a great ape heart. Setting normal reference data will enable vets to effectively assess heart health in their animals.
It's part of the International Primate Heart Project based at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
It’s hoped the work will help vets in zoos and sanctuaries, but in time understanding the cause of heart disease in the great apes may help to inform breeding and re-introduction programmes as well.