Otter undergoes root canal at the Potawatomi Zoo

By: Newscenter 16 Email
By: Newscenter 16 Email

Going to the dentist is something that a lot of people dread, especially for a root canal.

But workers at the Potawatomi Zoo was actually looking forward to the procedure.

That root canal wasn't on one of the workers, but on one of their North American river otters!

Sam had two fractured canine teeth, so Dr. Rosenbaum, his associates from the dental center, and the zoo's vet hospital all worked together to make sure the root canal went as scheduled..

Which took a long time to plan.

"But back in January we knew this was something that we wanted to address,” said Brian Stockinger, a veterinarian at the zoo. “And it was on the list of things to do in priority order. And we were at the point now we're working with schedules, the animals have been doing well in the meantime.”

The root canal took about 20 minutes but the whole procedure of everything took about an hour and a half.

They did the same procedure, successfully, to another otter back in June.

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