Boris the polar bear has 3 teeth pulled at Washington zoo

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Kenneth and Boris, two polar bears who were rescued from a circus in Puerto Rico and brought to the Tacoma, Wash., Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium explore their new home, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003. The bears were released from quarantine and allowed to explore the public viewing area for the first time Thursday. Kenneth, left, was adventurous and explored the area, and Boris, right, just ventured out the den opening and turned around and went back in. (AP Photo/Russ Carmack, Pool)
Boris gets his whistle wet from a caring staff member during his physical exam Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. (Dean J. Koepfler/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
The hands of Dr. Edmund Kwan, from Tukwila, are reflected in the special eye-piece he used as he performed a root canal on Boris the Polar Bear on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's animal health care hospital in Tacoma, Washington. (Dean J. Koepfler/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
As Boris the Polar bear slept it off, head veterinarian Karen Wolf, left, works on trimming claws and taking care of paws Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. (Dean J. Koepfler/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Sedated, Boris the bear is cared for during a physical examine on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's animal health care hospital in Tacoma, Washington. A team of veterinarians, technicians and staff performed a full physical exam, a root canal and some minor eye surgery on the 27-year-old polar bear who was rescued from a mexican circus in Puerto Rico. (Dean J. Koepfler/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Head veterinarian, Dr, Karen Wolf, clips the massive claws of Boris the Polar bear during a physical Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. (Dean J. Koepfler/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Carson Reed, 6 years old hugs his stuffed polar bear 'Poley,' after a physical for Boris the Polar Bear on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's animal health care hospital in Tacoma, Washington. Carson's dad, Dr. Jim Reed, was part of the team of that performed a full physical exam, a root canal and some minor eye surgery on the 27-year-old polar bear. (Dean J. Koepfler/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Sedated, Boris the bear is cared for during a physical examine on Saturday February 23, 2013 at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's animal health care hospital in Tacoma, Washington. A team of veterinarians, technicians and staff performed a full physical exam, a root canal and some minor eye surgery on the 922 pound, 27-year-old polar bear who was rescued from a mexican circus in Puerto Rico. (Dean J. Koepfler/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Dr. Alliison Case, center, closely monitors Boris the Polar Bear during a physical on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's animal health care hospital in Tacoma, Washington. Case, Dr. Tom Sullivan, left, and Dr. Jim Reed, second from left, were part of the team that performed a full physical exam, a root canal and some minor eye surgery on the 922 pound, 27-year-old polar bear who was rescued from a mexican circus in Puerto Rico. (Dean J. Koepfler/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Frenetic activity by humans, including keepsake paw prints swirled around Boris the Polar Bear on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's animal health care hospital in Tacoma, Washington. A team of veterinarians, technicians and staff performed a full physical exam, a root canal and some minor eye surgery on the 922 pound, 27-year-old polar bear who was rescued from a mexican circus in Puerto Rico. (Dean J. Koepfler/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Dr. Edmund Kwan, from Tukwila, packs and contours a amalgam filling as he performed a root canal on Boris the Polar Bear Saturday February 23, 2013 at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's animal health care hospital in Tacoma, Washington. A team of veterinarians, technicians and staff performed a full physical exam, a root canal and some minor eye surgery on the 922 pound, 27-year-old polar bear who was rescued from a mexican circus in Puerto Rico. (Dean J. Koepfler/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Dr. Edmund Kwan at left, performs a root canal as Dr, Tom Sullivan removed a growth from the eye lid of Boris, a Pt. Definance Zoo & Aquarium Polar bear Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's animal health care hospital in Tacoma, Washington. A team of veterinarians, technicians and staff performed a full physical exam, a root canal and some minor eye surgery on the 922 pound, 27-year-old polar bear who was rescued from a mexican circus in Puerto Rico. (Dean J. Koepfler/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Boris the 29-year-old polar bear is eating only soft foods for a while after having surgery to remove three broken or decayed teeth at a Washington state zoo.

The 880-pound bear who lives at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington, didn't have to sit in a dentist's chair for the procedure. Boris sprawled out on a table as veterinarians and support staff extracted his problem teeth Friday.

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 facility's Arctic tundra exhibit.

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