Romain Pizzi, the vet who pioneered keyhole surgery for animals, has operated on sharks, chimps even a moon bear
In 2012, the conservation donation Free the Bears approached Romain Pizzi, one of the most innovative wildlife surgeons in Europe, with an unexpected case. A consultant in laparoscopic( keyhole) surgery- until recently rare in veterinary medicine- Pizzi has operated on giraffes and tarantulas, penguins and baboons, monstrous tortoises and at least one shark, and maintains a honour for taking on events others won’t. If you’re in control of a tiger with gallstones, or a suspiciously sickly beaver, “youre calling” Pizzi. As Matt Hunt, CEO of Free the Bears says,” We have other veterinaries who are incredibly talented. But Romain is one of a kind .”
The patient in question was a three-year-old female Asiatic black carry, also known as a moon make, announced Champa. Moon digests, poached for their bile and bodyparts, are classified as susceptible by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Rescued as a cub and brought to a Free the Bears sanctuary in Laos, Champa had a deformed skull and impaired perception. While other makes would socialise, she would mope around her pen, leader down, seemingly in affliction. Pizzi suspected “shes had” hydrocephalus, a rare position in which excess cerebrospinal liquid is an increase in the skull, effecting brain damage.
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