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Asiatic Bear Undergoes Pioneering Brain Surgery

by Kathy Jones on April 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM
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 Asiatic Bear Undergoes Pioneering Brain Surgery

An Asiatic bear in Laos became the first of its kind to undergo a brain surgery, leading to hope that the lives of more animals can be saved through such surgeries.

South African veterinary surgeon Pizzi carried out a keyhole surgery on Champa, a three year old bear who lives at a sanctuary in the mountains of northern Laos.

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The vets and staff and Free the Bears sanctuary were troubled by the erratic behavior shown by Champa and suspected that she was suffering from hydrocephalus, a condition similar to having a 'constant migraine'.

Pizzi, who works at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, carried out the six-hour long surgery in February. Speaking to National geographic, the chief executive of Free the Bears, Matt Hunt said that Champa's condition has improved following the surgery. "There was a lot more recognition. We can't know if her vision is fully recovered, but everyone certainly believes her vision has improved", he said.

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