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Surgery successful on baby beaver from Minnesota Zoo

MINNEAPOLIS – A 9-month-old beaver returned to the Minnesota Zoo on Friday afternoon after successful surgery at a BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital to repair a fractured right hind leg.

The beaver before surgery. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Zoo.

The beaver before surgery. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Zoo.

“The procedure went very well and the prognosis is good,” said Dr. Jeff Yu, a board-certified surgeon with BluePearl.

Yu placed three pins in the beaver’s right femoral bone during the hour-long surgery, which he performed along with Dr. Judith Feldsien, also a board-certified surgeon with BluePearl. Drs. Rachel Thompson and Carl Larson of the Minnesota Zoo monitored anesthesia.

The young beaver should recuperate in about six weeks. Without the surgery, she would not have been able to walk properly.

Drs. Judith Feldsien and Jeff Yu, both board-certified surgeons with BluePearl Veterinary Partners, perform the operation to repair the fracture in the baby beaver's right hind leg.

Drs. Judith Feldsien and Jeff Yu, both board-certified surgeons with BluePearl Veterinary Partners, perform the operation to repair the fracture in the baby beaver’s right hind leg.

The surgery was performed at BluePearl’s hospital at 7717 Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie, to repair a break that was discovered during a routine medical exam at the zoo.

Surgery to heal the baby beaver's fractured right hind leg.

Surgery to heal the baby beaver’s fractured right hind leg.

This X-ray shows the three pins that were placed in the beaver's leg.

This X-ray shows the three pins that were placed in the beaver’s leg.