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Zoo polar bear Luna recovering from surgery after fall

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The Buffalo Zoo says the popular polar bear Luna is doing well after falling into her exhibit's dry moat over the weekend. Luna was walking along the protective moat in her exhibit Saturday afternoon when she lost her footing and fell 16 feet below.

Zoo President Donna Fernandes says a team of zoo keepers tranquilized her and took her to the zoo's veterinary hospital, where it was determined Luna broke two bones, the tibia and fibula, in her rear left leg.

"She's using all four legs today and eating and alert and walking. We still want to keep her confined for a while," Fernandes told WBFO.

Luna had surgery Sunday and will be off exhibit for several weeks to allow her leg to heal. Fernandes says Luna has no internal injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Fernandes says Luna's fellow polar bear Kali was upset by his friend's injury, but she says he is doing better now and is no longer vocalizing his grief.


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