NEW YORK, June 3 ― Nick was sick. So he went for a routine check-up ― that’s when doctors diagnosed him with cardiac conduction disorder, a heart condition which causes abnormally slow heart beats.
Doctors decided he needed surgery ― making Nick the second Tasmanian Devil on record to be implanted with a pacemaker.
“His heart beats were too slow and now the pacemaker is going to actually take over his heart and is going to determine when to pace fast or slow depending on his activity.”
While pacemakers are routine in humans, implanting one in a marsupial known for screeching, biting, and a pungent odor ― proved challenging. ― Reuters