Ramat Gan Bear Undergoes Back Surgery

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -
Mango, a 19-year-old male Syrian brown bear, rests on a bed as zoo veterinarians and staff prepare him for surgery in the Ramat Gan Zoological Center’s animal hospital near Tel Aviv, Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Mango, a 19-year-old male Syrian brown bear, rests on a bed as zoo veterinarians and staff prepare him for surgery in the Ramat Gan Zoological Center’s animal hospital near Tel Aviv, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

A 19-year-old Syria brown bear named Mango underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a herniated disc, said Sagit Horowitz, a spokeswoman for the Ramat Gan Zoological Center near Tel Aviv. Horowitz said veterinarians discovered the 550-pound bear had the injured disc during an x-ray.

Veterinarians shaved parts of the bear’s furry back to prepare him for surgery, as well as intubated him. They propped his head up on a pillow wrapped in a trash bag and put an IV through his snout. They also wrapped a blood-pressure cuff around his right paw.