Bear in Israel undergoes surgery to repair disc

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Surgery can be a real bear.

In Israel, a 19-year-old Syria brown bear named Mango underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a herniated disc, said Sagit Horowitz, a spokeswoman for the Ramat Gan Zoological Center near Tel Aviv. Horowitz said veterinarians discovered the 250-kilogram (550-pound) bear had the injured disc during an X-ray.

Veterinarians shaved parts of the bear's furry back to prepare him for surgery, as well as intubated him. They propped his head up on a pillow wrapped in a trash bag and put an IV through his snout. They also wrapped a blood-pressure cuff around his right paw.

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