Romain Pizzi, the veterinary who pioneered keyhole surgery for animals, has operated on sharks, chimps even a moon bear
In 2012, the conservation charity Free the Bears approached Romain Pizzi, one of the most innovative wildlife surgeons in Europe, with an uncommon patient. A professional in laparoscopic( keyhole) surgery- until recently rare in veterinary medicine- Pizzi has operated on giraffes and tarantulas, penguins and baboons, monstrous tortoises and at the least one shark, and maintains a reputation for taking on suits others won’t. If you’re in possession of a beast with gallstones, or a suspiciously sickly beaver, you call Pizzi. As Matt Hunt, CEO of Free the Bears says,” We have other veterinaries who are incredibly talented. But Romain is the language of a kind .”
The patient in question was a three-year-old female Asiatic black bear, also known as a moon stand, announced Champa. Moon tolerates, poached for their bile and bodyparts, are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Rescued as a rookie and introduce into a Free the Bears sanctuary in Laos, Champa had a deformed skull and impaired imagination. While other allows would socialise, she would mope around her enclosure, manager down, seemingly in affliction. Pizzi suspected she had hydrocephalus, a rare problem in which excess cerebrospinal flowing builds up in the skull, effecting brain damage.
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