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Cara, a 125-year-old Bengal tiger of 125 pounds, is equipped with a golden tooth after breaking her while chewing toys in a rescue center in Germany

Gold-FANG-er: Tiger who chewed her teeth on toys gets a gold replacement in an animal shelter in Germany

  • Cara, a five-year-old Bengal, was rescued from illegal detention in Italy in 2013 and transferred to the German reserve
  • Keepers noted in August that Cara had broken her front canine by chewing on her toy
  • A specialist team from Denmark has made a replacement tooth made of gold, which was mounted this month
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A rescue tiger who lives in a rescue center in Germany is equipped with a golden canine after breaking her while she chews toys.

Cara, a 125-year-old Bengal tiger of 125 pounds, was fitted earlier this month with the crown covering her damaged tooth in a rescue center in the town of Massweiler.

A specialized team of Danish dentists had to make two trips to the Tierart animal shelter to assemble the new tooth – the first in August to take a form of the tooth and the second asked this month to fit it.

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Cara, a 125-year-old Bengal tiger of 125 pounds, is equipped with a golden tooth after breaking her while chewing toys in a rescue center in Germany

Cara, a 125-year-old Bengal tiger of 125 pounds, is equipped with a golden tooth after breaking her while chewing toys in a rescue center in Germany

A team of Danish dentists needed two operations that took almost four hours to fit the crown - one in August to model the tooth and a second to glue the prosthesis in place

A team of Danish dentists needed two operations that took almost four hours to fit the crown - one in August to model the tooth and a second to glue the prosthesis in place

A team of Danish dentists needed two operations that took almost four hours to fit the crown – one in August to model the tooth and a second to glue the prosthesis in place

The first operation lasted more than two hours, experts from the rescue center said, while the second lasted about an hour and a half.

Dentists placed the gold crown on Cara's damaged tooth and then used special glue and UV light to hold it in place.

Three weeks after the operation, she is now fully adapted to the new tooth and uses it normally.

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Keepers said she initially licked the new metal fitting for a long time, because it clearly felt strange in her mouth.

She also received boneless meat as a precaution while the crown remained in place.

Biologist Eva Lindenschmidt said: & We are very happy that Cara can now bite well and we see her laughingly showing her new golden tooth.

The canine before the operation

The canine before the operation

The canine afterwards

The canine afterwards

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More than three weeks after surgery, keepers say that Cara is now able to use the tooth normally, including biting by bone

Cara was rescued from illegal detention in Italy in 2013 and taken to Germany in 2015, where she now lives in the town of Massweiler, in the west of the country

Cara was rescued from illegal detention in Italy in 2013 and taken to Germany in 2015, where she now lives in the town of Massweiler, in the west of the country

Cara was rescued from illegal detention in Italy in 2013 and taken to Germany in 2015, where she now lives in the town of Massweiler, in the west of the country

& # 39; The tooth crown fit perfectly from the start.

& # 39; We saw on the X-rays that the grooves in her tooth went straight back to the root canal. If the tooth was broken, she would have had extreme pain.

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& # 39; Fortunately, the team of international dental specialists has been able to produce the golden crown, including Danish veterinarian dentist Jens Ruhnau and Dr. Johanna Painer from Vienna Veterinary University. & # 39;

She added: & # 39; The operation had no complications and the crown fit perfectly from the start, we are happy that Cara can bite well again. & # 39;

Cara was found in private ownership in 2013 in a farm in Mugnano, Italy and was confiscated by the authorities before being transferred to the Tierart tiger station in Massweiler, Germany in 2015.

A form of Cara & # 39; s teeth, which shows how the new canine was applied after she had gnawed a notch in her natural tooth

A form of Cara & # 39; s teeth, which shows how the new canine was applied after she had gnawed a notch in her natural tooth

A form of Cara & # 39; s teeth, which shows how the new canine was applied after she had gnawed a notch in her natural tooth

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