“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.
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.