Adorable Kangaroo Rosie Goes Under The Knife

Jun. 3 2009, Published 6:05 a.m. ET

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A 5-year-old kangaroo named Rosie underwent oral surgery to correct a hole that was internally located between her nose and mouth.

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Rosie, who calls Healesville Sanctuary, an Australian zoo, home, had been suffering from the problem for more than six months, zoo officials said. The procedure that was performed May 26, called bucchal flap advancement, was administered by Dr. Steve Hooker, an oral surgeon who usually works on humans. Zoo officials said the malady had developed after a tooth root abscess. Zoo staff had previously tried, to mixed results, to cure the condition before the good doctor was sent in to ease Rosie's suffering.

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Rosie was given some milk after she awoke from the procedure; no word if the doc sent the recovering kangaroo home with a lollipop in her pouch.

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