FORT COLLINS - A grizzly bear whose elbows were broken due to confinement in a concrete bunker had surgery to repair her wounds Tuesday.
In January the 7-year-old bear, named Marley, was rescued from a roadside attraction in north Georgia by the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenseburg. There, sanctuary keepers noticed she was not putting weight on her front legs.
The 300-pound grizzly was anesthetized and taken to Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital for examination. According to CSU, veterinarians were able to determine that she had two forelimb fractures, one of which was badly infected, more than a month old.
Soon after the injuries were determined, Marley underwent surgery at the hands of Dr. Felix Duerr, small-animal orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Jeremiah Easley, equine orthopedic surgeon.
By Tuesday afternoon Marley was in recovery. Rebecca Miceli, director of educational programs at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, estimates that Marley could live another 20 years.
According to a release from CSU, the equine unit was notified about Marley's arrival and worked to make sure the horses were not spooked. Also, a police officer was on standby during the procedure, which is normal procedure when a large carnivore is in the hospital.
Marley was one of 16 bears rescued from north Georgia where they were, "kept in cramped concrete pits and fed apples and bread by tourists," according to the Sanctuary.