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SALT LAKE CITY -- We all need to go to the dentist once in a while, and it is no different for the animals at Hogle Zoo.
Valdamere, Hogle Zoo's Amur leopard, had a root canal done Saturday morning. It was the first major medical procedure at the zoo's new animal hospital.
The procedure was performed by a veterinarian from Denver who specializes in the teeth of exotic animals.
Holly Braithwaite of Hogle Zoo said, "If you ever had a root canal, you sure feel better after having the root canal; so we expect he will recover very nicely."
That's a really good thing for the zoo because Valdamere is of a very rare breed. There are only about 40 Amur leopards in the wild and 70 in North American zoos.