A dentist from North Carolina recently traveled all the way to Puerto Rico to perform a dental procedure on a 3,000 lb patient.
For the past 20-years Dr. Mike Loomis has being flying south to treat a 39-year-old male hippo named Tomy.
The Ferré zoo's most popular animal suffers from a malocclusion, which prevents his lower teeth from wearing properly, and they eventually overgrow to the point that they interfere with his eating.
"The first time I performed the dental procedure on Tomy, his teeth had grown through his upper lip, making it very painful for him to chew. He was very thin, and I was concerned about the risk of anesthesia. Since then, the zoo has done a great job of making sure that his teeth are trimmed before they get to that point,"
Visitors at the San Diego Zoo are in for a special treat — a smiling hippo!
Jay Parker and his wife were at the zoo recently when they decided to snap a photo with Otis the hippopotamus.
Turns out it looked like Otis was smiling the entire time!
That’s one happy three ton hippo.
Adds Parker, "When I look at his face I think he looks pretty tired by it all, or maybe he's having a happy dream – either way it's a great picture.”
As for Parker's current internet fame, he adds, “It's kind of strange to think there are people out there with a picture of me on their computer, but I guess I'm just the hippo man as far they're concerned.
Check out (above) a photo taken of an extremely rare PINK hippopotamus!
The animal was spotted by brothers Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas, who were traveling through the Masai Mara wild animal preserve when they spotted him!
And unlike the bigotry found in the human race, his hippo friends haven't made him feel different from anyone else!
The brothers wrote:
“Being an animal that is so strikingly different often results in a hard life; these creatures frequently become outcasts, rejected by their conventionally colored peers. In this case however, we were relieved to note that the other hippos seemed to be treating the pink hippo just like any other.”
The hippo is believed to have leucism, which is a reduction of all types of pigmentation, and no other animals like him were spotted in the Mara River area.
Call it whatever scientific-mumbo jumbo you'd like, but we're just going to call him FABULOUS!