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Giant panda has life-saving surgery to remove 'lemon-sized' bamboo mass

Published 25/11/2016

A panda in Edinburgh Zoo. The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC said one-year-old Bei Bei is recovering from the
A panda in Edinburgh Zoo. The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC said one-year-old Bei Bei is recovering from the "life-saving" operation carried out on Friday

A giant panda cub has had emergency surgery to remove a "lemon-sized mass of bamboo" from his small intestine.

The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC said one-year-old Bei Bei is recovering from the "life-saving" operation carried out on Friday.

A spokesman for the zoo said the panda showed signs of stomach discomfort and nausea on Thursday, was sleeping more than normal and not eating.

Bei Bei was taken to the veterinary hospital on Friday morning where an ultrasound revealed a blockage at the top of the small intestine and surgery was needed at once.

The zoo says Bei Bei will be given water overnight and then moved on to soft foods, such as sweet potatoes and pears.

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