Rescued CSU grizzly recovering well post-surgery

CSU bear surgery

Colorado State veterinarians, performed surgery on Marley, a grizzly bear with two broken elbow bones, on Feb. 18, 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of CSU)

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A Colorado State University veterinarian reported that the rescued grizzly bear, who was operated on at university facilities Tuesday, is recovering well from her surgery.

Marley came to the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital with two fractured ulnas after being recused from a “foreclosed bear park” in Georgia, according to CSU spokesperson Mike Hooker.

A team of veterinarians, nurses and vet students performed surgery to fix the grizzly’s broken elbows bones, one of which had a bad infection.

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In a Facebook post on Saturday, the university said Marley was doing well post-surgery.

After checking on the 7-year-old grizzly in her new dwellings at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, Dr. Terry Campbell, a CSU veterinarian specializing in wildlife and exotic animals, reported that Marley was recovering and responsive.

“I am happy to report that Marley appears to be doing very well,” Campbell told the veterinary care team. “She returned my gaze with her delightfully inquisitive eyes and furry expression of innocence. I say this because I know that, until now, her entire life had been controlled by humans in an unkind way. Her world was a cold prison cell of concrete and metal bars.”

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