Berlin the Polar Bear Undergoes Surgery Due to Illness

By KBJR News 1

Berlin the Polar Bear Undergoes Surgery Due to Illness

October 16, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Lake Superior Zoo's polar bear Berlin is recovering after she underwent surgery over the weekend.

Berlin underwent surgery Saturday, October 13th at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital in St. Paul after she was exhibiting signs of illness at the Como Park Zoo where she has been living since the June floods in Duluth.

According to Lake Superior Zoo’s vet Dr. Louise Beyea, Berlin was acting lethargic and vomiting.

Exploratory surgery revealed a necrotic mass and evidence of prior bleeding in the abdomen.

Berlin is back at Como Park and is under observation by zoo staff.

“We are in daily communication with Como and we have staff going down to be with her,” says Lake Superior Zoo's Director of Zoo Operations Peter Pruett. “Obviously Berlin is a beloved member of our family and even more so after her heroic survival during the flood.

Pruett says all zoo staff were very concerned however he was confident Berlin was receiving the best possible care.

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