Ichimonji, the donkey with dentures

Ichimonji was a donkey that served in the Japanese army during World War II, carrying munitions and wounded soldiers. After the war, he ended up at the Tokyo Zoo. But by 1963, in his old age, he had lost most of his teeth, which made it hard for him to eat. So Kenji Ishigami, a professor of Dentistry at Tokyo University, took pity on him and made him a set of artificial teeth out of a special alloy metal. He was reported to be the first donkey in the world ever to have dentures. Because of his new teeth, he became a star attraction at the zoo until his death in 1965.

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 22, 2012
     Category: Animals


It's good to hear when old war heroes are taken care of.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/22/12 at 11:33 AM
Now we know the inspiration for the Jaws character in that "Moonraker" turkey Bond movie.
Posted by KDP on 06/22/12 at 12:53 PM
KDP, it was a mix of this and British dentistry...
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 06/22/12 at 01:22 PM
Surprising it never bit any of the kids. pet...pet...CHOMP!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/22/12 at 09:12 PM
The Donkey with Golden Denture. It actually bit its sheep neighbours

There never has been a "a professor of Dentistry at Tokyo University."

Professor Ishigami was with the Tokyo Medical and Dental University.

He went on to become the choice dentist for War Criminal NO1 (aka, emperor Hirohito).
Posted by kenny on 06/22/12 at 10:38 PM
Nitrous Oxide ... make up your own joke! 😉
Posted by BMN on 06/22/12 at 11:49 PM
Just an additional thought, Horse and donkey teeth were common, and dentures had springs and bolts to hold them together.
Posted by Bonita Springs Dentist on 04/30/13 at 06:30 AM
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