Bear is first of its kind to have brain surgery

04/16/2013 | · National Geographic News

Veterinarian Romain Pizzi performed brain surgery on Champa, a 3-year-old Asiatic black bear living at the Free the Bears sanctuary in Laos, after veterinarians there diagnosed her with hydrocephalus. After a six-hour surgery and six weeks of convalescence, Champa is gaining weight and socializing normally with other bears. "Operating on one bear won't save bears from extinction, and making life better for one bear won't change the world," said Dr. Pizzi. "But the world of that one bear is changed forever."

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