550 pound bear undergoes surgery. Check out these AMAZING pictures!

     

Mango, a 550 pound bear lived all his 19 years of life in the Ramut Gan Zoo, located in Israel. Recently Mango underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc. According to Dr. Merav Shamir, who led the surgery on the furry patient, Zoologists first noticed Mango had a problem when he started to show signs of paralysis in his hind legs in the last few weeks. For Dr. Shamir, a veterinarian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mango was the largest animal she had ever surgically treated.

 

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It took 15 zoo employees to place the 550-pound Mango on the operating table, and because the herniated disc was in a hard-to-reach location, the surgery team spent five hours just exposing Mango’s spine for surgery.

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They propped his head up on a pillow, wrapped in a trash bag and placed an IV through his snout. They also wrapped a blood-pressure cuff around his right paw.

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While such procedures aren’t uncommon on other animals at the Ramat Gan Zoological Center, this is reportedly the first operation of its kind ever to take place on a bear.

     

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Only time will tell whether Mango’s surgery was successful; spinal disc herniation is considered a very painful condition for humans, but its frequency is unknown among bears.

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It occurs when the disc — a spongy, absorbing substance — bulges out between the vertebrae or ruptures. If the disk touches a nearby nerve, it will cause pain wherever the nerve travels in the body.

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Mango will undergo more tests in the days to come to tell if his spine is healing.

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Fingers crossed for a full recovery!

Source: Daily Mail