It can sometimes come as a surprise that other animals need visits to the doctor and dentist as much as we do. In the wild, they’d be left to deal with their problems alone, but animals under human supervision don’t have to do that.
Kelly, a giraffe at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling, learned this recently.
Keepers at the park realised she might have a problem with one of her molars when they noticed she wasn’t digesting her food properly. Enter a team of around 12 vets and other safari park staff to help put it right.
First they had to X-Ray the 14-year-old giraffe to figure out exactly what was wrong.
There’s a chance she wasn’t too happy about this.
Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot more work involved in taking a look around a giraffe’s mouth than a human’s.
You’d be forgiven for not knowing there was a giraffe under all the towel.
All the people were doing their best to make sure things were as comfortable as they could be for Kelly.
And that of course meant doing the best job possible for her teeth.
As well as lots of cuddles and strokes.
Before long she was getting back to her feet.
And back to her old self, once again.