One of the things we love about Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the Animal Care Center.
Our friends at the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Care Center treat more than 12,000 animals representing more than 300 species, so it isn’t uncommon to catch one of the skilled vets doing a preventative checkup, treatment or even a surgery on an animal. Since 2012 Busch Gardens has been giving visitors a first hand look of the care these amazing animals are given:
“We welcome the opportunity to share our level of care with our guests, and to continue our mission of connecting guests to animals and the natural world. No other zoological facility can offer the unique, up-close experience that this new facility will provide.”
Guest have had a chance to view 100’s of procedures that they normally would not have access to.
On this day we happened to walk in on a Sloth getting some dental work.
For a long time, it was thought that sloths did not have teeth, In fact, they were once classified in the same grouping as anteaters–of the Edentata grouping, meaning “without teeth.” Truth be told, sloths do have teeth… just not very many! Sloths have only 10 upper teeth and 8 lower teeth.
The Two-toed sloths have a diverse diet of insects, leaves, carrion, fruits and small lizards, ranging over up to 140 hectares. Three-toed sloths, on the other hand, have a limited diet of leaves from only a few trees, both using their teeth to grind their food.
It seems this Sloth is having some issues with its teeth not wearing down as they should due to the position of its jaw.
The team is always keeping a close watch of all the vitals
Once the sloth is anesthetized they will proceed with grinding down the teeth
Another great part about viewings at the care center, during treatments and surgeries there are zoo educators on hand to share their knowledge and to take questions about the procedures.
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