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Buffalo Zoo polar bear Luna recovering after fall

by jmaloni


Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 02:05 pm

Luna the polar bear is recovering at the Buffalo Zoo after falling into a moat over the weekend. The polar bear fell into the exhibit's protective moat Saturday afternoon.

Luna was anesthetized, and a team of keepers was able to carry her out of the moat and transport her to the zoo's veterinary hospital. The zoo's veterinarian, Dr. Kurt Volle, took X-rays and determined Luna had fractured her tibia and fibula above the ankle joint on her left rear leg. She sustained no other injuries from the fall. A pair of board-certified veterinary surgeons from Sheridan Animal Hospital performed surgery to repair the fracture Sunday.

Luna is recovering in the Buffalo Zoo's veterinary hospital. Zoo staff reports she is alert and eating, and that she is able to walk. Luna will remain off exhibit for several weeks to restrict her movement while her leg heals.

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