A juvenile Peruvian bear, of the species Tremarctos ornatus,1 presented to the emergency department after being found unconscious at 32 Windsor Gardens, London, England.2 The bear had been struck in the left posterior head region by a returning boomerang. On assessment, he demonstrated retrograde amnesia and language-related symptoms. When offered a bun, one of the patient’s favourite things to eat, he replied by asking, “What’s a bun?” Later, he demonstrated a pattern of repetitive behavior in which he forced air through pursed lips to generate a “phew” sound. Finally, the patient attempted to request a cup of tea, but was unable to produce the name of the desired item. These deficits persisted for 24 hours and then resolved completely.
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Dewar B, Day GS, Shamy MCF. Overcoming Neurophobia With the Help of Peruvian Talking Bears. JAMA Neurol. Published online January 13, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.4668
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