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Tufts E-News: Tufts Treats Rare Lynx

Tufts E-News: Tufts Treats Rare Lynx34-Pound Animal Released After Special Surgery

No. Grafton, Mass. [01.11.01] On the verge of joining the federal endangered species list, Canadian Lynx are rare animals. Even more unusual was the journey of one lynx from the forests of northern Maine to Tufts' School of Veterinary Medicine recently.

Found with two broken bones and multiple leg fractures by wildlife officials in Maine, the 34-pound lynx was sedated and brought to New England's only school of veterinary medicine at Tufts' North Grafton campus.

A surgical team of Tufts veterinarians, led by Dr. Robert McCarthy, used two steel plates and 14 screws to repair the Canadian lynx's leg during the surgery, reported the Boston Globe.

"The fracture came together very nicely," Tufts' Dr. Mark Pokras told the newspaper. "This is truly a spectacular animal."

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