A tiger tooth tiger is being used for reconstructive surgery on facial reconstruction after it was lost in the wild.
The tiger was found in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa’s West Cape province.
Dr Mina Bikash, a vet at the University of Cape Town, told ABC News the tooth was “an exceptionally beautiful specimen” and was in the best condition it could be in the market.
She said she was not sure how long the tiger would be in her care.
“I’m hoping it will be safe and it’s in a safe place,” she said.
“It’s a very beautiful tooth and it has been lost to nature so it’s very precious.”
If we find the tiger we’ll have to keep it as a specimen, but we’ll get a tiger tooth.
“We’re trying to get a lot of people to come and see it and we’ll bring it out into the wild and give it a chance.”
Dr Bikesh said the tiger tooth would need to be treated and it would be up to the vet to determine how long it would need before it could go back into the market for the public to see.
“This tiger was in a very good condition, we don’t have any major problems,” she told ABC Radio South Africa.
“But we are concerned that this tiger will be very difficult to rehabilitate and the owner will have to be very careful to keep him safe.”
Dr Minesh Mihir, who runs the Tiger Conservation Society in South Sudan, said he was hopeful the tiger might be returned to the wild soon.
“The tiger has been in the desert for years and years and it can be a bit difficult to find a tiger,” he said.
Dr Bikes’ tiger tooth is on display at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum.
Topics:animal-attacks,sustainable-business,animal-welfare,tigers,southern-africa,sabanda-south-afrikaFirst posted September 18, 2019 13:07:55Contact Mina [email protected] stories from South Africa