Tiger Lily's root canal

Photo: Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary

Tiger with a toothache

Most people would be (reasonably) afraid to reach into a Bengal tiger's open mouth — but not the members of the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation team, which recently visited Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Stockbridge, Ga., to do dental work on some very special patients. 

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Tiger Lily's root canal

Photo: Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary

Tiger Lily, a 400-pound Bengal tiger, was the largest patient and she needed a lot of attention: four root canals, according to the animal sanctuary's Facebook page. Anesthesiologists from the University of Georgia aided in the procedure. The traveling dentists had a busy visit, according to Noah's Ark; they performed two root canals on Abu the kinkajou, four root canals on Munchkin the spider monkey, repaired a broken tooth on Apollo the wolf, performed oral surgery on Lightning the wolf, extracted three rotten teeth from Bear the coatimundi, smoothed the beaks of nine parrots, and performed oral exams and cleanings on numerous other animals.

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