AN ENDANGERED tiger’s tooth operation sparked an emergency when her heart stopped during a dental operation at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Amur tiger Sayan was having a routine root canal filling when she suffered a rare reaction and had a cardiac arrest two hours into the procedure.
Vets at the South Yorkshire attraction immediately noticed three-year-old Sayan’s vital signs were deteriorating. They gave heart massage and two shots of adrenaline to bring her back to life.
Vet Alan Tevendale, aged 31, said: “We noticed a change two hours into the operation and found no pulse or heartbeat.
“We then immediately started cardiac massage and gave a shot of intravenous adrenaline. When this didn’t work we had to give another shot of adrenaline directly into the heart whilst we continued cardiac massage.
“When I checked again she had a pulse and heartbeat. Gradually, she returned to a steady rhythm. After five minutes we took her off ventilation and she managed to breathe herself. This is very rare and was extremely stressful – the most stressful experience of my life. We are all so relieved.”
Sayan, who weighs around 160 kilos, was found to be in need of root canal treatment after she had been acting grumpily.