Bear in Israel undergoes surgery to repair disc
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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, Israel, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The 250 kilogram (550 pound) Syrian brown bear is going into surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back after it was discovered in an x-ray, said Sagit Horowitz, the zoological center spokeswoman. (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, Israel, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The 250 kilogram (550 pound) Syrian brown bear is going into surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back after it was discovered in an x-ray, said Sagit Horowitz, the zoological center spokeswoman. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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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, Israel, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The 250 kilogram (550 pound) Syrian brown bear is going into surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back after it was discovered in an x-ray, said Sagit Horowitz, the zoological center spokeswoman. (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, Israel, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The 250 kilogram (550 pound) Syrian brown bear is going into surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back after it was discovered in an x-ray, said Sagit Horowitz, the zoological center spokeswoman. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Surgery can be a real bear.

In Israel, 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 250-kilogram (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.



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