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$2.4M animal health center opens at Madison zoo

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Zoo officials in Madison say the new animal health center there is likely one of the best in the nation.

The $2.4 million health center at the Henry Vilas Zoo had its grand opening last week.

Deputy zoo director Jeff Halter used to work at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom in Florida. He says the animal health center at the Henry Vilas Zoo is comparable to what Disney has. He says it's remarkable for a small- to medium-sized zoo to have that kind of technology.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the zoo is the first in the nation to have a portable digital X-ray system. The health center also has surgery and radiology rooms, along with quarantine areas where new animals will stay before moving to exhibits.

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