NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork) — A bear in New Jersey is recovering after a successful surgery to remove an arrow that had been stuck in its nose for months.

The animal was captured on Thursday near New Egypt Raceway in Ocean County.

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The arrow had been stuck for the last six months. Veterinarians said they believe he was shot before winter.

It’s a miracle he was able to eat, because the arrow was wedged through his tongue and into the bottom of his jaw, CBS 2 reported.

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The team that performed the surgery posed for a picture with the animal before he was released back into the wild.

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