We hear a lot about people with rare conditions that shape their appearance in a way that makes them look drastically different to the average human being.

Often these people will have some sort of tumor growth causing severe disfigurement on their bodies and the sheer extremity of their disfigurements can make for uncomfortable viewing. It’s extremely upsetting for the individual and their loved ones, but thankfully modern medicine has come a long way to treat many disfiguring conditions.

However, animals are also not immune to falling ill with conditions that give them an unusual appearance.

In fact, one bear’s tongue had swelled so considerably that it peaked to the size of a soccer ball.

The bear had no choice but to undergo surgery in order to tame the condition, otherwise it would have eventually led to his death.

The Burmese bear, named Nyan Htoo, was suffering from a rare condition which caused his tongue to grow to the extent that it could no longer fit in his mouth.

Thankfully, vets from the UK have saved the bear from an early death after operating on the creature.

When Nyan Htoo was a cub, monks saved the seriously ill bear, alongside his brother, from being sold illegally in China.