Animals in Research

Groot Having His Nails Trimmed

Location: Beaverton, OR
Group: Primates
Species: Baboon
Research Areas: Contraception, Reproductive health

Groot is a male Hamadryas baboon at the Oregon National Primate Research Center.  His fingernails were becoming too long resulting in accidental injury to the delicate swellings of the females in his group. In order to prevent these injuries, and avoid unnecessary sedation for nail care, positive reinforcement techniques were used to train Groot.  He learned how to present his hands to allow each nail to be filed down using a Drimmel tool. Groot seemed to enjoy the attention and the females are now a little safer!