City council to decide Lufkin zoo’s request for digital imaging tool

City council to decide Lufkin zoo’s request for digital imaging tool
Photo of Rafiki. (Photo Source: Ellen Trout Zoo.)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin City Council on Tuesday will decide the approval of Ellen Trout Zoo’s request for the purchase of a new digital radiography system.

The zoo confirmed it was in the market to buy an Enduro HD 4336 Wireless Generation II Portable Digital Radiography System from Vetel Diagnostics, according to a letter sent to the city council.

Zoo officials say the Enduro system was the only big the zoo received which could do the job considering it was the only system available that met the unique needs of the zoo. In the letter to the city council, zoo officials pointed out the wireless system would give staff the freedom to move around the campus and would provide a safer and less stressful experience for the animals.

The same wireless is used by the Angelina Animal Hospital, and would make diagnosis easier should the zoo’s medical staff be away.

As for the cost, zoo officials said the $50,750 price tag was already included in the 2018-19 budget.

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