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.