The Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat, a USDA Class C zoological sanctuary, houses Baylor’s beloved American black bears Judge Joy and Judge Lady. It is one of the most visited sites on our campus, and our caregiver team uses every opportunity to educate visitors about black bears and conservation efforts that impact their natural habitat.
After a late 2019 diagnosis with a benign thymoma mass, Lady, 18, received a series of innovative, noninvasive radiation doses called TomoTherapy — a treatment believed to be the first of its kind done on a bear. Follow-up examinations and radiograph images in July of this year showed Lady’s mass has not expanded, even suggesting a 20 percent reduction in size.
In August, Lady’s dedicated caregiver team observed a declining level of mobility and rapidly implemented a comprehensive wellness response plan. They transported