This footage shows medics operating on Jon the lion’s very damaged teeth and making moulds of them after he was rescued from the French ‘circus from hell’.
The raw footage was made available to Newsflash by animal rights organisation One Voice and shows medics cleaning out cavities and doing a root canal, before taking moulds of them so they can make prosthetic teeth for him.
The footage was shot on 4th July at the Tonga Terre d’accueil animal refuge in Saint-Martin-la-Plaine, a commune in the Loire department in central France, but it has only just become available now.
Jon is reportedly no longer in pain after his tooth operation. One Voice founding president Muriel Arnal told Newsflash that his “nerves were exposed” and that they had to do a “root canal on his damaged teeth”.
She added: “The next op is to give him his teeth back. Although it is less urgent right now, our priority was firstly to put a stop to his agony.”
One Voice told Newsflash that Jon has put on “70 kilos!” and Muriel Arnal says it could be even more now.
Asked when Jon will be able to go to Africa, Arnal said: “It is too soon to say. His tail has to heal. He has suffered enormously, so it is still unclear when he will be able to travel such a long distance.”
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