How do you fix a pandas tooth? Very carefully
The San Diego Zoo's giant female panda chews on a lot of bamboo. So when Bai Yun chipped a lower tooth, it had to be fixed.
The 23-year-old animal went to the dentist Wednesday. She received a shot to make her numb. Then she got the chip repaired, a cleaning and X-rays.
The Los Angeles Times reports a dental composite was used to fill the tooth.
Bamboo is chewy. To get enough nutrition out of it, a panda has to break it apart and then chew a lot. So having healthy teeth is important, especially since it's the giant panda's favorite food.
In addition, a bad tooth can be hard on any animal. But giant pandas are likely to have teeth that are damaged or worn down. To get enough nutrition, they need to eat a lot of bamboo. They spend a lot of time chewing and breaking it apart.
Bai Yun has been known to spend up to 12 hours a day eating bamboo.