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Dr Leon de Bruyn, of Port Alfred Vet Clinic, presented me with the fantastic opportunity to accompany him to an Eastern Cape private game reserve where a Cape Buffalo cow, with calf, was observed with facial swelling.

Under sedation it was discovered that the swelling was, in fact, retained food (cud).  This was due to the maxillary second quadrant (upper left) and palate being displaced, assumed to be the result of an old head trauma which may also have caused the damage to her left horn. 

All mandibular (lower) incisors were loose - bovids do not have maxillary (upper) incisors, as was the first mandibular pre-molar in the fourth quadrant (lower right).  In order to increase her comfort, I extracted this tooth and floated the sharp buccal (outside upper) and lingual (inside lower) edges of the molars and pre-molars.

Donovan floating Cape Buffalo teeth

  Extracted pre-molar of Cape Buffalo
Palatal displacement in Cape Buffalo mouth   Interior view of Cape Buffalo mouth

An unusual customer

I had the privilege of accompanying Sue Downie (Black Rhino Monitoring Project), Dr Pete Morkel (Co-ordinator of Rhino Projects, Frankfurt Zoological Society) and the SANParks veterinary team to Karoo National Park to assist in their quest to improve the eating capabilities of Mpumalele, a +/-28 year old black rhino. Nose to hook lip with this incredible beast, I was able to file the buccal (outside) and palatal (inside) eges on the maxillary (upper) molars, and the lingual (inside) edges on the mandibular (lower) molars. Click here to view a short video clip.

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