The Indiana Feline Animal Rescue Center said it has rescued 200 cattle, including lions and tigers, from abuse. Many of the animals rescued had dental and other diseases.
The lion named Jababi had four fangs in serious condition. With severe periodontal disease, Jabbie would have been suffering from toothache for years. The center performed the surgery for four Jabavi teeth.
It is not easy to take care of big cats such as tigers and lions. Animals with toothache symptoms are calmed and then transferred to the operating room. This is done twice a year on a regular basis, and after anesthesia, the patient inserts the respiratory tube and goes into surgery.
"Animals will improve their quality of life after treatment of the disease," said a volunteer who participated in the operation. "I will do my best to volunteer all the animals around the world to have a chance to live a normal life."
Center staff and volunteers, including Joe Taft, who has rescued the big feline for 26 years, said it was rewarding. "This is good because I want to give the animals the opportunity to live without pain," said Joe Taft.