A Massachusetts black bear underwent dental surgery Friday to extract an infected tooth.
Ursula of the Buttonwood Park Zoo was anesthetized for the procedure, which was similar to a root canal, NBC affiliate WJAR reported.
Keith Lovett, the zoo director, said the procedure to remove the canine was no easy feat.
"You're dealing with a bear, in this case she's a 270-pound bear, and she's a tough, tough woman," he said.
The 16-year-old will be closely monitored for the next couple weeks and treated like a human recovering from surgery — with painkillers, antibiotics and soft food.
Ursula has been housed at the zoo since being orphaned in the Virginia wild.