Bear's swollen tongue removed after unknown disease leaves it weighing half a stone

A bear had to have its tongue removed after it became so swollen it weighed almost half a stone and dragged along the ground.

Nyan htoo and his brother were rescued as cubs by monks in Myanmar after being taken from their mother so they could be sold illegally.

However after their rescue, it soon became clear the bear was suffering from an unknown disease, which caused his tongue to become enlarged.

Vets operated on Nyan htoo in 2016 in an attempt to save his tongue by removing the excess tissue, but the swelling returned and worsened over time.

By June the disease was badly affecting Nyan htoo’s quality of life, so vets reluctantly decided to amputate.

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