Romain Pizzi, the veterinarian 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 case. A expert 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 cases others won’t. If you’re in belonging of a tiger 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 a kind .”
The patient in question was a three-year-old female Asiatic pitch-black suffer, also known as a moon allow, called Champa. Moon carries, poached for their bile and bodyparts, are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Rescued as a greenhorn and brought to a Free the Bears sanctuary in Laos, Champa had a deformed skull and impaired vision. While other digests would socialise, she would mope around her paddock, manager down, apparently in affliction. Pizzi suspected “shes had” hydrocephalus, a rare precondition in which excess cerebrospinal liquid builds up in the skull, stimulating brain damage.
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