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|Title:||The Lion Dentist Visits|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Park |
|ID & Publication:||20140611010 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
It’s only a filling but when the patient’s canines are extra sharp and can grow to four inches long, a dentist needs a gentle touch.
Zoo dental expert Peter Kertesz made sure his patient, Maria the lioness, was fast asleep before performing a complex two hour operation that included two fillings and two extractions
Maria, 8, who was rescued in 2010 from a dilapidated Romanian Zoo by the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park, near Doncaster, recovered quickly from her dentist’s appointment.
‘Maria had some teeth that needed sorting out but the dentist came to her,’ said YWP Director Cheryl Williams. ‘It was a difficult procedure but Peter is the best in the world and Maria is fine now.’
Kertesz, who has a general practice in central London, has operated on gorillas, elephants, whales and tigers in a distinguished career.
He employs a unique set of oversize dental tools – specially made for him by precision engineers - to tackle the animal kingdom’s troublesome teeth.
Using a large head torch to illuminate Maria’s mouth, Kertesz filled both upper canine root canals and extracted a molar and a front tooth.
The dentist, who founded Zoodent International to deal with the needs of large and exotic animals in 1985, has been tending to the needs of the YWP pride since they were brought to the park, at Branton, after a successful international appeal for their rescue.
‘They love being here and the public love them too,’ added Williams. ‘Their health and welfare is of paramount importance to us which is why we are happy look after their dental needs.’
Maria, who is mum to Dani and Simba, was said to have been a model patient.
Thousands of visited YWP to celebrate BIAZA’s ‘Love Your Wildlife Park Week’ and also its 5th Birthday during the Half-Term week. Special activities raised hundreds of pounds for YWP’s charitable foundation.
These included special ranger talks, the opportunity to watch the big cats at their meal times and a mini-beast safari - held in the ancient woodland at the park.
YWP staff are also now looking forward to judging nearly 150 entries to the Love Your Zoo photographic competition.
The 70-acre park at Branton offers visitors a chance to see a unique collection of beautiful animals including Amur Tigers and Leopards, Painted Hunting Dogs, Lions and Giraffes.
It gives an unrivalled opportunity to come face to face with a huge range of some of the world's most beautiful and at risk animals.
Visitors also enjoy the great African Plains where Zebra, Antelope, Ankole Cattle and Ostrich roam free, and the playful monkeys in Lemur Woods. ?Then there are Meerkats, Wallabies, Camels, a giant Anteater, Zebra and many many more.
There is also the weather proof 600 sqm Monkey Playbarn was the perfect place for the visitors to shelter from the rain last week in the 120 seated eatery.
Children can enjoy three levels of play equipment, including climbing frames, dens, slides and rope bridges - in full view of the new baboon reserve through a glass wall.
Next door is the new Zoom Super Slide Barn, which has an Astra slide and two drop slides (height restrictions apply).
For more information go to www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com.
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