Brain Surgery for Bears

22:40 Apr 23 2013 Luang Prabang, Laos

Brain Surgery for Bears
First Brain Surgery Performed on a Bear in
a six-hour procedure February 25.
"In most Western countries, a wild animal with hydrocephalus would likely be euthanized. "Having hydrocephalus is like having an absolutely mind-blowing, constant migraine," said veterinarian Romain Pizzi. But because of the strong Buddhist tradition in Laos and the technicalities of its wildlife protection laws, euthanasia was not an option.

Grateful for bears, vets, and Buddhist tradition. Grateful it worked!

Photo credit Matt Hunt via Nat'l Geographic
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