A Tusky Situation

Miami elephant gets dental work done

Talkabout a tooth ache! 

One of the Miami MetroZoo's favorite inhabitants, a 12,000-pound elephant named Dalip, had to get some tusk work done yesterday and he took it like a champ.

Elephant keepers at the zoo trimmed off about 12 inches from Dalip's ivory tusks to prevent him from injuring himself by hitting them on the floor when he walks.

The handlers used a water-cooled hand saw to cut through the tough teeth.

Dalip, an Asian elephant, is 43 years old. Most elephants live for as long as 70 years.

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