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Silverback Gorilla Gets A Root Canal

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Even Apes have to go to the dentist!

They say that an 800-pound gorilla can sit anywhere he wants. But when he's got a toothache, there's only one place he can go — into the dentist's chair.

Oscar Jonsey, a 30-year-old lowlands gorilla from the San Francisco Zoo, was knocked out while two dentists performed a three-hour procedure to save an abscessed tooth.

This was the second trip to the dentist's office in the past year for the ailing ape, also known as O.J.

Last year poor O.J. had to get a root canal too.

The silverback gorilla was anesthetized in his pen and brought to the zoo's veterinary hospital where dentist Dan Mairani and endodontist Steve Holifield, who usually handle humans, treated O.J.'s canine tooth.

[Image via San Francisco Zoo]

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