Kansas zoo gives a root canal to a lion

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At our practice in Culver City, we’ve treated patients with some challenging dental problems… But fortunately we’ve never had to treat a patient as challenging as Mumbasa. Mumbasa is an African lion who lives at the Brit Spaugh Zoo in Sedgewick, Kansas, and a few days ago Mumbasa needed a root canal.

When Mumbasa chipped a tooth gnawing on the fence surrounding his enclosure, zoo director Scott Gregory knew they had to act quickly or Mumbasa would lose the tooth. Gregory called in Great Bend veterinarian Mike Malone, who put a team together to help Mumbasa. Soon the lion was tranquilized, his tooth was saved, and now Mumbasa is good as new.

“We treat our animals just like people here,” Gregory said.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adults in Culver City and serves the greater Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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