University of Florida vets surgically removed a shoe swallowed twice by the same hungry crocodile, the school said.
The 10.5-foot, 341-pound Nile crocodile, named Anuket, consumed the seemingly tasty shoes in December when it fell from a zipline at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoo, where the reptile resides, according to the University of Florida College of Veterinary. Medicine in Gainesville.
Witnesses spotted Anuket consuming the shoe, regurgitating it and then swallowing it again, the college said.
“If the shoe matches your fancy…. Do you swallow it?” the school said in a Facebook post. “Not a good idea!”
After Anuket was brought to the University of Florida on February 5, vets tried various less invasive methods of pushing the shoe out of the beast, with no success.
They were eventually forced to perform “a gastrotomy which allowed easier access to the crocodile’s stomach,” according to a statement.
“In no time he was able to remove the shoe,” the school said. “After a one night stay, Anuket returned home and has recovered at the park since then.
Ali Gostanian contributed.