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Moravian mascot on the mend

Moravian mascot on the mend

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Moravian College's mascot "Mo" is on the mend.

As we reported Tuesday, the greyhound was hospitalized after suddenly and mysteriously becoming paralyzed.

At Moravian College, Mo the Greyhound is the leader of the pack.

This three year old rescued racing dog is often seen around campus sporting his Moravian sweater and mingling with students along with his best friend, Moravian president Bryon Grigsby.

Mo is so popular, he even has his own Facebook page.

But on Monday, Mo posted this: "PLEASE PLEASE PRAY FOR ME! About an hour after romping around the yard, something happened (to my back/spine) and I have quickly deteriorated.."

Mo went to his vet and was brought to Valley Central Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Whitehall.

Dr. Angela Gifford says it appears Mo had a stroke to the spine.

"He is very lucky because he's rapidly gotten better," Dr. Gifford said.

When Mo got to Valley Central he couldn't walk, but after tests and treatment, Mo is back on all fours nibbling his bandages and doing what he does best.

"He is a wonderful friendly happy dog. A lot of greyhounds tend to be a little bit nervous especially in situations that are not their home. He is very chill very happy very social. He actually has the perfect personality to be a mascot. He is a very people oriented dog," said Dr. Gifford.

Dr. Gifford says Mo's activity will be restricted for the next six weeks to help his nerves and his body recover.

"After that time we will slowly get him back to his normal life so its going to be a while before he is back to his mascot duties," Dr. Gifford said.

Mo's Facebook friends say they can't wait.

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