Sumatran tiger in recovery after dentist fixes his chipped teeth

Nine-year-old Amir, a rare male Sumatran tiger, chipped three of his front teeth. Credit: Leigh Dawney/PA Wire

A tiger is recovering from dental work at a wild animal park after the clumsy cat broke three of his front teeth.

Nine-year-old Amir, a rare male Sumatran tiger, had the chipped teeth filled in at Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury, Kent.

The Sumatran tiger, who weighs more than 20 stone, had to be sedated. Credit: Leigh Dawney/PA Wire

The tiger, who weighs more than 20 stone, was sedated and transported to the on-site hospital for treatment by Harley Street dental surgeon Peter Kertesz.

Ben Warren, head of Howletts' carnivore section, said it was decided the affected teeth, including Amir's right upper canine, would be filled in to prevent any pain occurring.

The procedure was 'a complete success' and Amir should have a speedy recovery. Credit: Leigh Dawney/PA Wire
Peter Kertesz, a Harley Street dental surgeon, fills in Amir's chipped teeth. Credit: Leigh Dawney/PA Wire

Head of veterinary services Jane Hopper said the procedure was "a complete success".

"Amir has recovered well, but we will keep an eye on him over the next few weeks," she added.