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1 March 2004 A VASECTOMY TECHNIQUE FOR EGYPTIAN FRUIT BATS (ROUSETTUS AEGYPTIACUS)
Maud Lafortune, Sherman O. Canapp, Darryl Heard, Lisa L. Farina
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Abstract

Bats in captivity reproduce well and contraceptive techniques are needed. In initial attempts at vasectomy using a prescrotal approach, it was difficult to identify the mesoductus deferens. The technique described here uses a scrotal approach with exteriorization of the testis, followed by identification and ligation of the mesoductus deferens. Nine Egyptian fruit bats (Rousettus aegyptiacus) underwent vasectomy for this study. No postoperative complications were seen (n = 18 testes), but some of the testes (5/18, 27%), which previously moved freely from the scrotum to the abdominal cavity, were still adhered to the scrotal sac 14 mo postoperatively. This technique appears safe, is fast, and is relatively easy to perform.

Maud Lafortune, Sherman O. Canapp, Darryl Heard, and Lisa L. Farina "A VASECTOMY TECHNIQUE FOR EGYPTIAN FRUIT BATS (ROUSETTUS AEGYPTIACUS)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 35(1), 104-106, (1 March 2004). https://doi.org/10.1638/03-020
Received: 18 February 2003; Published: 1 March 2004
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contraception
Egyptian fruit bats
reproductive surgery
Rousettus aegyptiacus
vasectomy
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