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Birmingham Zoo's Kumar the tiger gets a root canal

Joe Songer / The Birmingham News via AP

Veterinarian Dr. Robert Gaddis takes an X-ray before performing a root canal to fix the broken tooth of Kumar, the Malayan tiger at the Birmingham, Ala. Zoo.

Joe Songer / The Birmingham News via AP

Veterinarian Dr. Robert Gaddis performs a root canal to fix a broken tooth of Kumar, the Malayan tiger at the Birmingham Zoo.

Zoo keepers at the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama discovered Kumar the 235-pound Malayan tiger had a broken tooth during a routine medical exam. The vets decided to perform a root canal on 13-year-old cat in an attempt to save the tooth.

The photos were shot on May 2, but were made available to msnbc.com today.

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