Root canal procedure on a tiger.

A tiger at a zoo in Devon has undergone a lengthy root canal procedure – performed by a brave veterinary dentist by the name of Jo Reynard.

The tiger Fabi is 11 years old and is from the  Paignton Zoo, weighs more than 100kg (220lbs) and has 30 teeth including four very long canines.

He required a complete root canal after fracturing his lower canine teeth – measuring 8cm (3.15in) from crown to root – and beginning to develop abscesses.

The vet commented  “Life in the Paignton Zoo veterinary department is always interesting, but a bilateral tiger root canal treatment is a challenging procedure.

“The fact it went so incredibly smoothly reflects the great team spirit among vets, keepers, curatorial staff and outside experts.”


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