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Russia: Fangs a lot! Dixon the paraplegic polar bear has surgery on damaged tooth at Moscow Zoo01:35

Russia: Fangs a lot! Dixon the paraplegic polar bear has surgery on damaged tooth at Moscow Zoo

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25 noviembre, 2022 a las 13:07 GMT +00:00 · Publicado

Dixon the paraplegic polar bear, who is undergoing rehabilitation at Moscow Zoo for his earlier injuries, has had surgery to remove a damaged tooth.

Footage shows the animal being taken into theatre under anaesthesia, before having it extracted.

"It was dangerous to keep the fang." explained General Director Svetlana Akulova, who announced the operation via her Telegram channel on Monday.

"It was badly fractured along its entire length, there was inflammation around the root of the tooth - the infection could have gone deeper and caused serious inflammation," she continued.

According to Akulova, the tooth has no functional capability, so removing it will not affect his chewing.

"The operation lasted about 2.5 hours: the procedure went smoothly, as usual. The doctors followed up - Dixon woke up safely. Over the next few days, he will receive non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and pain relief medication," she said.

The bear was originally found in Dixon village on September 3, barely able to move after having been shot several times. Zoologists from Moscow Zoo arrived quickly to provide first aid and transportation to the capital.

Neurologists examined him and diagnosed a spinal fracture, contusion of the spinal cord and myelopathy (a disease of the spine), meaning he won’t be able to walk again.

With surgery not possible, rehabilitation is his best chance of a full and comfortable life. In October, he was seen undergoing water therapy at the zoo.

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Dixon the paraplegic polar bear, who is undergoing rehabilitation at Moscow Zoo for his earlier injuries, has had surgery to remove a damaged tooth.

Footage shows the animal being taken into theatre under anaesthesia, before having it extracted.

"It was dangerous to keep the fang." explained General Director Svetlana Akulova, who announced the operation via her Telegram channel on Monday.

"It was badly fractured along its entire length, there was inflammation around the root of the tooth - the infection could have gone deeper and caused serious inflammation," she continued.

According to Akulova, the tooth has no functional capability, so removing it will not affect his chewing.

"The operation lasted about 2.5 hours: the procedure went smoothly, as usual. The doctors followed up - Dixon woke up safely. Over the next few days, he will receive non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and pain relief medication," she said.

The bear was originally found in Dixon village on September 3, barely able to move after having been shot several times. Zoologists from Moscow Zoo arrived quickly to provide first aid and transportation to the capital.

Neurologists examined him and diagnosed a spinal fracture, contusion of the spinal cord and myelopathy (a disease of the spine), meaning he won’t be able to walk again.

With surgery not possible, rehabilitation is his best chance of a full and comfortable life. In October, he was seen undergoing water therapy at the zoo.