Potter Park Zoo staff discovered that Meeko, the Alaskan moose, has cancer.
During a routine physical exam, animal care and veterinary staff found a mass on the back of his right front leg.
A follow up procedure found the mass to be a soft tissue sarcoma.
Soft tissue sarcoma is a rare cancer that can occur in connective tissue, blood and bones.
Potter Park Zoo staff are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary care for Meeko during this time and are hopeful he can battle this aggressive cancer.
“We’re waiting on results of testing to further classify the cancer,” said Dr. Eustace. “A repeat procedure is planned in the upcoming weeks to perform additional treatments on Meeko.”
Meeko came to the zoo in 2014 after being orphaned in Alaska.
Only six accredited zoos in the United States exhibit Alaskan moose, according to the Potter Park Zoo Director.
Visitors won’t see Meeko in the moose exhibit for a few weeks while he recovers from surgical procedures.