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CHENGDU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 9: (CHINA OUT) A black bear drinks water at the Moon Bear Rescue Centre September 9, 2006 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. Established in 2002, the center has saved about 185 bears from bear farms, where farmers milked their bile for profit and now it houses 168 bears. Financed by the AAF, Moon Bear Rescue Centre has cooperated with local governments to work towards the future of eliminating bear farming in China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

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Now THAT is one big ass bear tongue. Insert your very own “tongue-in-cheek” joke here. The tongue was so big, in fact, that it had to be surgically removed. A team from the University of Edinburgh’s Royal School of Veterinary Studies carried out the operation. The poor bear, named Nyan htoo (which means “bright”), had a tongue so large that it dragged on the ground as he walked. Nyan htoo had been suffering from a mystery illness since he was a cub. He is said to be “recovering well” after his four-hour operation.

During the surgery, the team removed about 7 pounds of tissue from the bear’s tongue. Because that tongue was so heavy, Nyan Htoo often had to rest his head against his cage to support the weight:


The good news? The operation was a success! Despite his condition, Nyan Htoo was still able to play with his brother. The two bears were in jeopardy of being sold illegally in China, but instead, they were rescued by monks at a monastery in Myanmar. Thank goodness for those monks!

According to this article on, “Elephantiasis is commonly observed in people in Myanmar but has never been reported in bears”, so the illness remains a mystery!

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