Romain Pizzi, the veterinarian who pioneered keyhole surgery for animals, has operated on sharks, chimps even a moon bear
In 2012, the conservation kindnes Free the Bears approached Romain Pizzi, one of the most innovative wildlife surgeons in Europe, with an peculiar case. A expert in laparoscopic( keyhole) surgery- until recently rare in veterinary medicine- Pizzi has operated on giraffes and tarantulas, penguins and baboons, giant tortoises and at least one shark, and maintains a reputation for taking on specimen others won’t. If you’re in belonging 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 vets who are incredibly talented. But Romain is one of different kinds .”
The patient in question was a three-year-old female Asiatic black permit, also known as a moon birth, announced Champa. Moon suffers, poached for their bile and bodyparts, are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Rescued as a rookie and brought to a Free the Bears sanctuary in Laos, Champa had a deformed skull and impaired eyesight. While other bears would socialise, she would mope around her enclosure, honcho down, apparently in affliction. Pizzi supposed “shes had” hydrocephalus, a uncommon mode in which plethora cerebrospinal liquor builds up in the skull, inducing brain damage.
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