A successful surgical operation by Vets from Edinburgh University on an Asian brown bear has triggered applause from animal welfare activists across the globe.

It took doctors four hours to remove the 3kg of tissue from Nyan htoo’s tongue.

The Bear was first operated on in 2016, but the condition reoccurred, making life unbearable for the animal.

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One of the vets, Heather Bacon, from the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, said "Thanks to the enthusiasm and compassion of all involved in this uniquely collaborative project, we have been able to make a tangible improvement in the quality of Nyan htoo's life.

"And hope to continue our work in Myanmar to promote improvements in animal welfare and veterinary training."

Caroline Nelson, from Animals Asia's Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre, also said "This was a really unusual medical condition - never before seen in any species of bear - but we weren't about to give up on Nyan htoo.

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"Now he will be able to eat much more comfortably, sleep in more natural positions and move more freely for the rest of his life."

Reports say the Bear is recovering well.

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