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PostSubject: World’s First Bear Brain Surgery / Post by Erica Wills   Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:02 am

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*Photo: Champa, an Asiatic Black Bear, just two hours after her surgery. Photograph courtesy of Matt Hunt, chief executive of Free the Bears.

I’m taking a little break from my beloved polar bears this week, because this story is just too incredible to not share with you all. National Geographic recently reported that three-year-old Champa, a female Asiatic black bear living in a sanctuary in Laos, is the world’s first bear to undergo brain surgery!

Veterinarians at Free the Bears, the owners of the sanctuary, found that Champa was suffering “from a buildup of fluid in the brain called hydrocephalus, which affects both animals and humans.” Because of Laos’ Buddhist traditions that do not allow for euthanasia, the only course of action left was to perform surgery, which was successfully completed by Romain Pizzi on February 25.

Though she will always have some brain damage, Champa’s relief is obvious as she socializes with the other bears and begins to gain weight again. As Pizzi was quoted saying, “Operating on one bear won’t save bears from extinction, and making life better for one bear won’t change the world. But the world of that one bear is changed forever.”
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PostSubject: Re: World’s First Bear Brain Surgery / Post by Erica Wills   Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:22 am

amazing what they can do now.pleased the bear is ok

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PostSubject: Re: World’s First Bear Brain Surgery / Post by Erica Wills   Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:45 am

Awwwwwww ... poor bear looks so sad ...

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PostSubject: Re: World’s First Bear Brain Surgery / Post by Erica Wills   Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:56 pm

At least it will be a bear getting better bear!
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PostSubject: Re: World’s First Bear Brain Surgery / Post by Erica Wills   Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:06 pm

Yes she does look sad, I just want to go up and give him a big cuddle (or maybe that is not such a good idea LOL)

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PostSubject: Re: World’s First Bear Brain Surgery / Post by Erica Wills   Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:21 pm

thats amazing.
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PostSubject: Re: World’s First Bear Brain Surgery / Post by Erica Wills   Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:09 pm

yeah .... on the road to recovery amazing what they can do now a days .x

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