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A Royal Zoological Society Vet has become the first in the world to perform ground breaking keyhole surgery on an Asiatic black bear (also known as a Moon Bear) in Vietnam. The procedure was carried out by leading RZSS vet Romain Pizzi, the only veterinarian in the UK specialising in zoo and wildlife keyhole surgery.  He has performed over 360 procedures in the past four years and has pioneered several new laparoscopic techniques.  Romain was asked to go out to Vietnam by the charity Free the Bears. Although keyhole (or laparoscopic surgery as it is also known) is routine in humans, the standard procedure in animals is still open abdominal surgery.  Open abdominal surgery is 20 years behind human medical advances and has a number of negative factors on animals such as large, painful wounds, post-operative pain, slower recovery and a higher risk of post-operative complications and infections. The bear, called Map-map, is one of nine bears living at the Mekong Delta Bear Sanctuary near Rach Gia in South-west Vietnam, after being rescued by the Vietnamese Forest Protection Department in cooperation with international charity Free the Bears and its local partner Wildlife At Risk.  .Picture   Universal News And Sport (Europe) 8 February  2011 All pictures must be credited to www.unpixs.com. (0ffice) 0844 884 51 22  .
A Royal Zoological Society Vet has become the first in the world to perform ground breaking keyhole surgery on an Asiatic black bear (also known as a Moon Bear) in Vietnam. The procedure was carried out by leading RZSS vet Romain Pizzi, the only veterinarian in the UK specialising in zoo and wildlife keyhole surgery. He has performed over 360 procedures in the past four years and has pioneered several new laparoscopic techniques. Romain was asked to go out to Vietnam by the charity Free the...
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