Curing a tooth root abscess can be a difficult process, so you can imagine the lengths our vet team went to treat an abscess in the world’s third largest land animal.
In 2016, our Pridelands keepers noticed a lump the size of a golf ball under the chin of our white rhino Zambezi. Our vet team determined Zambezi had a jaw abscess, most likely due to a tooth root infection, which is not uncommon in animals past middle age.
Our keepers have likened Zambezi to a slightly grumpy older gentleman, slower and quieter than his energetic son Inkosi. Because of this, there wasn’t an obvious change in behaviour when the abscess formed, but the size of the swelling made it hard to miss for our observant team!