Bertus, was first medicated by veterinary physicians, before firefighters had to work out how to winch the 8-year-old one-horned Indian rhino into a safe position for zoo staff to work.
A team of firefighters in Scotland who are more used to overseeing the lifting of heavy vehicles or debris from collapsed buildings, were brought into Edinburgh Zoo to help move a rhino before an operation could take place.
The crew from Newcraig hall fire station in Edinburgh described it as “one of the strangest special services” they have ever completed.
The station manager, Willie Pollard, said: “Being requested to support Edinburgh Zoo in the moving of their rhinoceros is one of the strangest special services I have undertaken.
“The task of safely moving an animal of this size clearly presents a number of challenges.
“These techniques allowed us to reposition the animal, thereby creating a safe working space for the dental team to repair the tooth.”
Simon Girling, head vet at the zoo, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the help of the fire and rescue crew.
“Bertus’s operation was a great success and even though it was a minor tooth operation, it involved a massive team of people all working together to ensure the operation went smoothly.”
Bertus has now made a full recovery from the procedure earlier this month and is eating comfortably, staff said.
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