Oregon Zoo rehires veterinarian dismissed in May

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Zoo has re-hired a senior veterinarian who was dismissed in May after an investigation found mistakes were made in the death of a 20-year-old orangutan.

The zoo said Wednesday that Mitch Finnegan will return next week as staff veterinarian and will not be in a management position.

Interim director Teri Dresler said in Wednesday that in May the zoo "made a decision based on the information we had at the time."

She says since that time, she realized that it would be a mistake not to have someone of Finnegan's "caliber on our staff."

Finnegan said in a statement he is supportive of the decision and looks forward to focusing on animal care.

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