Dikson bear got multiple gunshot wounds
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Dikson bear got multiple gunshot wounds

September 07, 2022

Experts spoke about the Red Book animal’s health.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR.  The bear rescued from Dikson island turned out to be not a female, as they thought at first, but a male. Doctors assess his condition as serious but stable. This was announced by the Moscow Zoo general director Svetlana Akulova.

“Our victim turned out to be a male, this was determined by veterinarians during a more detailed examination at the zoo. The bear’s condition is still assessed as stable and serious. He survived the flight normally, although he experienced severe stress”, Akulova wrote in her Telegram channel.

According to her, the clubfoot had multiple gunshot wounds of different diameters – about 25-30 holes. Presumably, these were buckshot shots.

Svetlana Akulova specified that doctors would have to find out why the animal’s hind legs failed. Veterinarians think spinal cord swelling can be a reason.

“If this is true, the prognosis for the bear’s condition will be better than if a bullet is found in his spine. Conclusions can be drawn after the doctors compare the x-rays over time”, the zoo director explained.

The white bear is under the constant supervision of veterinarians. He will have to undergo a CT scan. Specialists also prepare the animal for surgery.

“The bear was under anesthesia for a long time. In this regard, it was decided to postpone the operation for some time – in order to stabilize his condition, we will provide him with peace and anesthesia for several days. All this time, the animal will receive antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs”, Svetlana Akulova emphasized.

Recall that the polar bear was found immobilized on Dikson Island. According to local residents, before that, the bear had been wandering around the settlement for two weeks in search of food. Environmental and law enforcement specialists from Moscow, Krasnoyarsk and Norilsk, as well as veterinarians from the Moscow Zoo, organized an operation to rescue the animal, in which Nornickel took an active part.

Earlier, This Is Taimyr wrote that polar bears are learning to survive in warmer conditions, and due to climate change, brown bears will move further to the North and have joint offspring with polar predators.

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Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: Nornickel press office

September 07, 2022

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