Zoo polar bear breaks leg bone, will under surgery Monday

February 1, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A zoo in Salt Lake City says a 500-pound (227-kilogram) polar bear has broken her right front leg and will undergo surgery Monday.

Hogle Zoo officials said Friday that 3-year-old Nora apparently broke the humerus bone on the night of Jan. 23, presumably from what the officials called “roughhouse play.”

According to zoo officials, Nora was unwilling move the next morning and that zoo officials were finally able to take X-rays on last Sunday and determine that the leg was broken.

A team of specialists is being assembled to perform the surgery using heavy-duty orthopedic hardware such as plates and screws.

Zoo spokeswoman Erica Hansen says Nora is on pain medication and appears to be in good spirits.

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