Baby Walrus Gets Bling

Still trying to figure out where the dividing line is between my new project, ZooBorns, and Zooillogix, but this definitely spans the two.

i-dd768d762eee901e4c484efece641756-walrus_baby_blingbyjlmhires08.JPG

Sixteen-month-old Pacific walrus Akituusaq shows off his new set of titanium crowns at his home in Sea Cliffs at the New York Aquarium. "Aki" was fitted with these crowns by Wildlife Conservation Society Global Health Program veterinarians working with a dental consultant to protect his tusks from damage during growth. Aki seems to be adjusting well to his new armor.

More like this

Life restoration of the head of Armadillosuchus. From Marinho and Carvalho (2009). When I was trying to come up with a title for this post I almost went with "Armadillosuchus: An armored crocodyliform you wouldn't want to mess with." Obviously I changed my mind. Not only was the title too long, but…
Nesting Pacific loon, Gavia pacifica. Photograph by PicsMan. Birds in Science Two carefully planned sets of experiments to be published on Friday in the top-tier peer-reviewed journal, Science, show intelligent birds and great apes can plan into the future in a way that transcends simple food…
tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter Lear's Macaw, Anodorhynchus leari: a great example of a conservation success story. Image: Andy and Gill Swash, World Wildlife Images. Birds in Science A record number of bird species are now listed as threatened with…
Dr. Robert Bakker is one of the most famous paleontologists working today, an iconoclastic figure who has played a leading role of rehabilitating our understanding of dinosaurs from the inception of the "Dinosaur Renaissance" through the present. He is currently the curator of paleontology for the…

The problem now is that he wants a full titanium grill to go with his titanium caps.

Why do I suddenly have the "Moonraker" theme going through my head?

Yoish, that reminds me I have to make a dentist appointment.

I guess it makes sense that baby walruses get baby tusks!

And some NY dentist gets bragging rights that'll get him free drinks at the next several dental conventions....

By Theodosia (not verified) on 24 Oct 2008 #permalink

I want a pair of those for my teeth. I wonder if I will get as much attention...