Veterinarians extract aardvark’s teeth

Veterinarian Jack Easley, who specializes in animal dentistry, and colleagues pulled two molars from one of the Cincinnati Zoo’s aardvarks after the animal developed an infection. Ali, a middle-aged female aardvark, first developed an eye problem that didn’t respond to treatment. Advanced imaging showed damage associated with the infected molars had created a fistula that was affecting the eye. Treating the damage required an incision in the cheek to access the teeth, which are set far back in the aardvark’s 12-inch jaws. (9/2)

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