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Last Updated: Wednesday February 16 2011 18:30 GMT

Polar bear visits the dentist

The polar bear during the operation

Nobody likes going to the dentist, but having a tooth out is normally a pretty straight forward procedure.

Not the case if you're a polar bear who weighs 241 kg!

Walker the bear, who lives at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie, needed ten people to lift him on to the hay bale operating table.

He needed dental surgery after antibiotics didn't cure a nasty infection in his mouth that left him with a swollen jaw.

Polar bear during the operation

The operation took a massive four hours.

A park spokesman said: "Walker was up and eating again soon after and he was right as rain the next day."

Vets reckon the infection could have started by Walker breaking the tip off a tooth, but they don't know how or when.