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Dental Surgery of a Leopard

Persian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor) (photo: Damson)A few years ago my colleagues and I waited excitedly for the first Persian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor) to arrive at our zoo. We were quite happy when the young female leopard moved into our quarantine. However, she was still living in the quarantine when the keepers noticed that she ate less than before. They increased attention and so they saw that the lower left canine of the leopard was broken. Since the open tooth cavity is an invitation to bacteria and other infections, a rapid intervention was necessary. Our veterinarians contacted a vet who specializes in veterinary dentistry. Thanks to good cooperation, a few days later the leopard was immobilised and the intervention began. The action required substantial preparations and increased attention. The tooth cavity was cleaned, disinfected by medical laser and filled in during the intervention. After this our leopard had no problem with her teeth and she still has a good appetite.

“We don't need no education...”

Oriental small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinerea)Thicius's story: Sometimes, when I have some free time, I like to walk among visitors. You can hear some interesting or funny conversations and it often turns out that children are smarter than their parents.

The family was standing in front of the Oriental small-clawed otters’ (Aonyx cinerea) enclosure and watching the otters playing happily.

I witnessed the following conversation:

Anteater vs. Ants

Anteater is eating ants (photo: elajos)elajos's story: Like other captive anteaters, Ursula of Szeged Zoo usually eats a special mix. There is no other solution as it would be extremely difficult to collect termites and ants for her every day. However, one day we found a large ant nest in a wooden house which we had to remove. The idea of moving the warlike insects into the enclosure of the anteaters seemed to be logical. Naturally I was curious about what was going to happen… Ursula – carrying her son – approached us quickly when we entered the enclosure. After recognizing the gift, she began to collect the ants – as we could expect from an anteater. However, it was funny to see how she recognized that this food was too ‘spicy’, the counterattack of ants made Ursula a little nervous. Nevertheless, after some quick running around, she kept returning to the delicacy, it was attracting her very much. So finally she won. You can see the encounter in the following video.

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Otter and weasel babies are playing together (photo: elajos)Babies of two mustelids - one of the largest, the Eurasian otter and one of the smallest, the least weasel - are playing as best friends in a box. Is it surprising? Maybe, but this kind of moments is not unique in zoo life. We can experience many similarly strange, cute or exciting things which make our work happier and easier.

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