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Vets Perform Surgery on a 300-lb Grizzly

Veterinarians are attempting to repair the bear's two broken elbows.

by: Ted Alvarez

image: YouTube
image: YouTube

I hope you’re ready for a good cry: Marley, a 300-pound, 7-year-old grizzly bear, was kept in a “foreclosed bear park” in Georgia, where she lived in a tiny concrete pit where tourists could throw apples and bread at her and 17 other bears. She was rescued and transported to a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado, but her rescuers noticed she couldn’t walk properly: She had two broken elbows from her confinement.

Luckily, someone’s looking out for Marley – specifically, veterinarians from Colorado State University, who performed a risky surgery on Tuesday in an attempt to give the beleaguered bear a second chance. Watch: Marley’s in recovery now, but veterinarians are hopeful she’ll get another 20 years of life post-surgery living on 20 acres of natural mountain habitat. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to get my stuffed Teddy, crawl under my desk and wail like a baby.

(via YouTube)


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