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Mar 8, 2013 1:11 PM by Sarah Arevalo

Sundzu gets tusk fixed after wrestling with brother

TUCSON - "Sundzu" is a 2-year old male elephant calf at the Reid Park Zoo who underwent a dental procedure Wednesday.

While while wrestling with his 5-year old brother "Punga" several weeks ago, Sundzu cracked a tusk.

"It is common for elephants, including youngsters, to chip or break tusks while playing or digging," says Elephant Supervisor Sue Tygielski. Although Sundzu was not in pain, the tusk was repaired to help prevent further damage.

A team from San Diego Zoo Global and the Colyer Institute came to Tucson for the exam and dental procedure on the broken tusk.

"The San Diego Zoo Global team has a large herd of elephants and they have done several of these procedures on young elephants," said Tygielski. "Our collective team of experts worked flawlessly together, and the procedure went as well as could be expected."

For a video of the procedure from the San Diego Zoo, please visit https://sandiegozoo.box.com/s/palemaz7tv9rh92m9hq5

For directions and visitor information for the Reid Park Zoo, visit www.tucsonzoo.org.

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