Djembe, a 16-year-old lioness at Wellington Zoo, has undergone a four-hour operation to have a root canal performed on a lower canine.
A team of 20 people were involved in the operation on the 140 kilogram cat.
Vet Sarah Alexander said it was a little more complicated than usual because it was hard to get the material out of the 11-centimetre long tooth before it could be filled.
“She is a dangerous animal and dangerous animals have the potential to cause real havoc during their procedures,” Dr Alexander said.
“Djembe is one of our feistier lionesses, so she’s generally not overly happy to see us at the vet department. As much as we love her, she doesn’t necessarily feel the same about us,” Dr Alexander said.
Djembe is one of three lioness sisters in Wellington, which were born at Auckland Zoo.