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Bear at Racine Zoo diagnosed with cancer


RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- An Andean bear living at the Racine Zoo has been diagnosed with cancer.

The Racine Zoological Society announced that Hallie has been diagnosed with oral cavity cancer.

During a routine dental exam for Hallie last month, the zoo's veterinary team noticed something not right with the tissue surrounding a tooth and an area surrounding the jawbone. Results from tissue samples sent to a lab indicated cancer.

The Journal Times of Racine reports surgery to remove the cancer is not considered possible because it would require surgeons to remove Hallie's entire lower jaw, making reconstruction impossible.

Zoo staff decided against surgery and say they will ensure Hallie has a good life for a long as possible and as long as she is not in pain.

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