BOSTON (AP) — Kiki needs a molar removed. Gigi had a broken tooth. But dental care can be tricky when it comes to patients who also are gorillas at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo.
Zoo officials say anesthesia is necessary for experts to perform dental work on the primates.
Kiki, who is 31, will have the dental work Saturday.
Gigi, a 40-year-old gorilla, had a dental appointment on Friday and zoo officials say everything went smoothly.
Both apes are western lowland gorillas.
Zookeepers say the animals hadn’t been showing signs of pain, and the dental problems came up during regular health checks.
A dentist from University of Rochester Medical Center is working with zoo veterinary staff for the procedures.
Zoo officials say both Kiki and Gigi also will get full checkups.