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Hogle Zoo polar bear makes 'big strides' after breaking humerus bone

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Nora, the polar bear at Hogle Zoo, is slowly recovering from surgery after she broke her humerus bone. (Photo courtesy of Hogle Zoo)

Nora, the polar bear at Hogle Zoo, is slowly recovering from surgery after she broke her humerus bone.

According to a new release, she's "making big strides" since being off exhibit in February.

Zoo keepers have let Nora explore her exhibit for one hour each day within the past week.

These times have allowed Nora to be acquainted with her modified living space, a press release stated.

Zoo keepers say the polar bear has enjoyed taking deep-diving swims and checking on her neighbors--the seals and sea lions.

"We are taking this at Nora's speed and taking our cues from Nora," Erica Hansen, a zoo spokesperson, stated in a press release. "We're watching for soreness, stiffness and we want to make sure she's comfortable and not overdoing it."

Nora, who was known for her roughhouse play, broke her humerus bone in January .

After she didn't move for two days, a physical examination was performed on the 500 pound animal. This confirmed she had broken her humerus bone, located between her shoulder and elbow, on her front, right leg, a press release stated.

This type of break is not unusual for polar bears. The zoo reported at least three other polar bears from across the country also have fractured bones from roughhouse play.

"Nora is one of the most special, most charismatic animals of our Hogle Zoo family," Dr. Erika Crook, Hogle Zoo Associate Veterinarian, said in a press release. "We have reached out far and wide to find experts to give her the best chance possible to get back on her feet."

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