neuromorphogenesis:

This is the first bear to ever have brain surgery
A three-year-old Asiatic Black bear named Champa has just undergone successful surgery to remove a buildup of water in her brain. It marks the first time in medical history that a bear has been given such a procedure.
Champa has lived most of her life at a northern Laos sanctuary run by Free the Bears, an Australian conservation group that protects bears from wildlife traffickers. Asiatic Black bears are hunted for their bile — a valuable ingredient in traditional Chinese and Korean medicine.
She was rescued when still a cub, but Champa’s handlers soon noticed she had a protruding forehead and had difficulty socializing with other bears. Eventually, the growth slowed, but her behavior became increasingly erratic and her vision faded.
Veterinarians diagnosed her as having hydrocephalus — water on the brain.
Because it’s against Buddhist tradition to euthanize animals, the sanctuary staff arranged for a specialist, Romain Pizzi, to perform a technique called “keyhole” or laparoscopic surgery in which a small incision is made with the help of a small camera.
And indeed, Champa was in good hands; Pizzi has performed similar surgeries on other nonhuman animals, including seals, reindeer, and jaguars. In preparation, Pizzi talked to pediatric surgeons, studied bear skulls and brains, and looked at the brains of a hydrocephalic otter and fox.
The procedure lasted six hours (details here). At one point a medical pump short-circuited on account of the high humidity, and Pizzi had to resort to a mattress pump to keep the bear’s abdomen inflated.
Soon after the surgery, Champa could finally raise her head to look directly at sanctuary staff. Though they can’t be entirely certain, the staff also suspects that her vision has improved. But her headaches appear to be gone, she’s gained weight, and she’s now more sociable with other bears.

neuromorphogenesis:

This is the first bear to ever have brain surgery

A three-year-old Asiatic Black bear named Champa has just undergone successful surgery to remove a buildup of water in her brain. It marks the first time in medical history that a bear has been given such a procedure.

Champa has lived most of her life at a northern Laos sanctuary run by Free the Bears, an Australian conservation group that protects bears from wildlife traffickers. Asiatic Black bears are hunted for their bile — a valuable ingredient in traditional Chinese and Korean medicine.

She was rescued when still a cub, but Champa’s handlers soon noticed she had a protruding forehead and had difficulty socializing with other bears. Eventually, the growth slowed, but her behavior became increasingly erratic and her vision faded.

Veterinarians diagnosed her as having hydrocephalus — water on the brain.

Because it’s against Buddhist tradition to euthanize animals, the sanctuary staff arranged for a specialist, Romain Pizzi, to perform a technique called “keyhole” or laparoscopic surgery in which a small incision is made with the help of a small camera.

And indeed, Champa was in good hands; Pizzi has performed similar surgeries on other nonhuman animals, including seals, reindeer, and jaguars. In preparation, Pizzi talked to pediatric surgeons, studied bear skulls and brains, and looked at the brains of a hydrocephalic otter and fox.

The procedure lasted six hours (details here). At one point a medical pump short-circuited on account of the high humidity, and Pizzi had to resort to a mattress pump to keep the bear’s abdomen inflated.

Soon after the surgery, Champa could finally raise her head to look directly at sanctuary staff. Though they can’t be entirely certain, the staff also suspects that her vision has improved. But her headaches appear to be gone, she’s gained weight, and she’s now more sociable with other bears.

How Animals Eat Their Food

stephrobison:

so cute, rusty spotted cat

stephrobison:

so cute, rusty spotted cat

owlday:

Burrowing Owl

owlday:

Burrowing Owl

nationalgeographicdaily:

Rough Green SnakePhoto: Jason Wiles

nationalgeographicdaily:

Rough Green Snake
Photo: Jason Wiles

fuckyeahherpetology:

snake-lovers:

Cerastes vipera

Wiggle wiggle wiggle yeah

animalkingd0m:

Fragile Underwater World. Turtles. Maldives  by Jenny Rainbow

animalkingd0m:

Fragile Underwater World. Turtles. Maldives  by Jenny Rainbow

funnywildlife:

untitled by davy ren2 on Flickr.
Vixen

funnywildlife:

untitled by davy ren2 on Flickr.

Vixen

A close up of a butterfly wing. Close up of the wing of the sunset moth.

eupraxsophy:

Close-up photographs of insect wings. See more here. It’s hard to imagine that there is this much beauty in tiny animals most of us regard as nothing more than pests. Nature is as much a work of art as anything humans could come up with.