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Houston Zoo performs root canal on rescued bobcat

Erin Mulvane, Houston Chronicle
Published 6:21 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2013

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  • The adult male bobcat that was rescued from the Friendswood area back on December 12, 2012 was transported to the Houston Zoo to undergo a root canal on February 20, 2013. Several of his teeth were in poor condition and a root canal was performed on several teeth to prevent infection.  

 Houston Zoo/Stephanie Adams Photo: Stephanie Adams / Houston Zoo
    The adult male bobcat that was rescued from the Friendswood area back on December 12, 2012 was transported to the Houston Zoo to undergo a root canal on February 20, 2013. Several of his teeth were in poor condition and a root canal was performed on several teeth to prevent infection. Houston Zoo/Stephanie Adams Photo: Stephanie Adams

 

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Veterinarians performed a root canal this week at the Houston Zoo on a bobcat, who was found emaciated and ill in a rural area near Friendswood six weeks ago.

The adult bobcat was taken to the zoo Wednesday for the two-hour long procedure by a Houston SPCA and a zoo doctor, according to the Houston Zoo. The procedure, which involved six root canals, was necessary to prevent infection, wildlife specialists said.

Since the bobcat's rescue on Dec. 12 by the Wildlife Center of Texas, he has recovered from flea infestation, a bacterial infection and sarcoptic mange and gained 15 percent of his initial body weight.

After Wednesday's surgery, the bobcat was taken back to the Houston SPCA headquarters and he is being monitored by veterinary staff, officials said.