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‘Robo Croc’


‘Robo Croc’ the crocodile has reconstructive surgery after car accident

A 10-foot crocodile whose face was crushed by a car last year has undergone reconstructive surgery at a Florida zoo.

The four-hour operation took place at Miami’s Metrozoo on Tuesday.

Unable to move its jaw, the distressed animal had not eaten for three months.

But Douglas Mader, of the Marathon Veterinary Hospital, has saved the reptile by reconstructing its face.

Veterinarians placed two metal rods between its eyes, extending down to the bridge of its nose, and another on each side.

Forty-one metal screws were drilled into its hide, keeping the skull and snout together.

“RoboCroc is doing just fine,” said Ron Magill, a spokesman for Miami Metrozoo.


March 19, 2009 - Posted by | Animals, nature

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