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Baby Elephant at the Reid Park Zoo has cracked tusk repaired

Baby Elephant at the Reid Park Zoo has cracked tusk repaired

CREATED Mar 8, 2013

Web Producer: Amber Sumpter

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Sundzu, a 2-year-old male elephant calf at the Reid Park Zoo, cracked a tusk several weeks ago while wrestling his 5-year-old brother Punga.

Sundzu had his dental procedure Wednesday, March 6th to repair the damage.

The San Diego Zoo Global and the Colyer Institute came to Tucson to perform the exam and dental work on Sandzu’s broken tusk. 

“Our collective team of experts worked flawlessly together, and the procedure went as well as could be expected,” Elephant Supervisor Sue Tygielski said.

There were no worries for Sandzu because he was not in pain.

The tusk did need to be repaired to prevent further possible damages.

“It is common for elephants, including youngsters, to chip or break tusks while playing or digging,” Tygielski said.

The Zoo is open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. For directions and visitor information, visit www.tucsonzoo.org.