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February 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Boris the polar bear at Point Defiance Zoo has 3 teeth pulled

In this Friday, Feb., 6, 2015 photo, provided by the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Veterinarians and support staff work to remove three broken or decayed teeth from Boris, a 29-year-old polar bear, at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma on  Friday. The 880-pound bear is one of the oldest polar bears in North American zoos and has lived nearly twice as long as polar bears in the wild. ( Ingrid Barrentine / Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium)

Veterinarians and support staff work to remove three broken or decayed teeth from Boris, a 29-year-old polar bear, at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma on Friday. (Ingrid Barrentine / Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium)

The Associated Press

TACOMA — Boris the 29-year-old polar bear at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma is eating only soft foods for a while after surgery to remove three broken or decayed teeth.

The 880-pound bear didn’t have to sit in a dentist’s chair.

The dental surgery was performed by veterinarians and support staff Friday at the zoo.

The zoo says Boris is one of the oldest polar bears in North American zoos. He’s lived nearly twice as long as polar bears in the wild.

Boris came to the zoo in 2002 after he was rescued from a traveling circus. He’s one of three polar bears at the zoo’s Arctic tundra exhibit.

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