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Not a beary good day: 275-pound black bear gets 3 root canals

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No one likes root canals, but this was certainly a bear of an operation! Yum Yum, the 18-year-old American black bear from the Montgomery Zoo, recently went through a three-hour surgery for three root canals. For veterinary dentist Dr. Bert Gaddis, it’s just another wild day at work.

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Gaddis has worked on all sorts of animals, like tigers, river otters and gorillas.

"Hippopotamus with a team of folks and an elephant with a team of folks. I think the smallest was a fruit bat," Gaddis says.

If you've ever experienced a root canal, you can understand what a bear of a procedure it is. Surprisingly, a bear and human root canal is not much different. The tools used for Yum Yum were much bigger, however.

Yum Yum’s surgery was a success and she’ll be beary grateful for Dr. Gladdis!