Tapir toothache cured at zoo
PUBLISHED: 09:58 21 November 2018
A 200kg mammal at a Wraxall zoo has had its tooth repaired after surgery.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, in Clevedon Road, called in Dr Peter Kertesz, founder of Zoodent International who has worked with many animals, after Toby the tapir cracked one of his upper canine teeth.
As tapirs have large canines, Dr Kertesz had to remove a small piece of upper jaw bone to extract the tooth because, if untreated, the injury could have become infected and caused a serious health issue.
Seventeen-year-old Toby has been at the zoo since 2007.
Emma Godsell, tapir keeper at the zoo, said: “We are very happy at the success of the operation and Toby is recovering well.
“The surgery was carried out in our South America House on view to the public with keepers on hand to explain the procedure.
“Although all surgeries are risky the team had the tooth out in just under two hours.”