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   Undertoad  Saturday Apr 14 10:50 AM

April 14, 2007: Veterinarian loses arm to crocodile [warning: kinda graphic]



This item was found elsewhere on the Cellar but not really catalogued, so I'll post this anyway and plug in more detail.

full story

It all happened at the Shaoshan Zoo in Taiwan. And they were following procedure, it appears; the croc was first hit with a tranquilizer dart, but when the vet went to handle it, the tranquilizer had not taken effect for some reason.

And bam, the arm's off. It's almost educational to see it, because with Steve Irwin and whatnot, we've only seen successful croc handling by those who know what to do.



So another zoo worker shot the croc with an actual gun, which caused it to drop the arm and stalk away. What's weird is that they didn't find a bullet hole in the croc later - it was hit, but not punctured, and left the arm out of a state of shock ("did that dude just shoot me? WTF").





Now the good news: the arm was reattached after a seven-hour surgery.



milkfish  Saturday Apr 14 11:03 AM

Well, that could have gone better.

I hope his buddies chip in to give the good doctor this T-shirt.



Larry  Saturday Apr 14 11:06 AM

I forsee many "need a hand?" jokes.



tissy_uk  Saturday Apr 14 11:09 AM

don't believe anyone who say croc's are basically 'armless creatures



Sheldonrs  Saturday Apr 14 11:33 AM

What? You've never seen a crocodile handbag before?



littlenickyer  Saturday Apr 14 11:38 AM

I guess this makes me the first today to make a tasteless (ha ha) reference to eating the image of the day. I have to say, I can't blame the crocodile. That veterinarian looks delicious.



piercehawkeye45  Saturday Apr 14 11:45 AM

God, I wonder how much that would hurt? Damn.



Happy Monkey  Saturday Apr 14 12:35 PM

Yeah, crocs don't really have cutting-style teeth. They're more get-a-good-grip-and rip-style.



littlenickyer  Saturday Apr 14 12:37 PM

ouch
must have been tough work for the surgeons if it was just ripped off.
I wonder if it still works properly. At least the crocodile didn't eat it.



Ibby  Saturday Apr 14 02:27 PM

All the papers here have his big smiling mug on the cover now, big ol' thumbs-up for all the people who were SO worried by the incident.


Actually, there's a big uproar cause when it first happened, a buncha papers ran the story with the graphic picture (the second one UT used), and now people are all up in arms (ooh, ouch.) about the graphic violence.



milkfish  Saturday Apr 14 02:40 PM

The zoo authorities are probably wishing they had put in some extra sessions of animal dress-up practice beforehand. Now we understand why such a thing might have been useful.



Nikolai  Saturday Apr 14 03:34 PM

Well in Taiwan they'd probably eat that poor croc so I guess he was getting his own back



simian  Saturday Apr 14 05:32 PM

A pawn shop owner in Kaohsiung reported a croc trying to pawn a watch and wedding ring, but the croc fled with the items when the pawn broker reached for the phone.



Karenv  Saturday Apr 14 05:43 PM

The zoo bought the animal ten years ago from a local resident who had kept it as a pet.

Some kind of thanks!



Elspode  Saturday Apr 14 06:39 PM

I hope somebody briefed the keeper about this creature. After all, forewarned is forearmed.



CharlieG  Saturday Apr 14 07:10 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode View Post
I hope somebody briefed the keeper about this creature. After all, forewarned is forearmed.
OUCH


Sheldonrs  Saturday Apr 14 10:54 PM

The poor guy doesn't know how he got off easier with the Croc. Cuz he's gonna have to give the arm AND a leg back when he gets the bill for the surgery.



Beestie  Saturday Apr 14 11:04 PM

I believe this would fall under workman's comp.

There's no way to say that with a pun.



Clodfobble  Saturday Apr 14 11:26 PM

That's okay Beestie, the idea of Taiwanese workman's comp is funny enough by itself.



Kel  Monday Apr 16 09:56 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Beestie View Post
I believe this would fall under workman's comp.

There's no way to say that with a pun.
How about workman's CHOMP?


Sundae  Monday Apr 16 11:36 AM

Argh. I probably shouldn't admit this, but I actually found the picture of the croc with the arm in its mouth really funny. I mean laugh out loud funny.

Not sure whether I'm more worried by that or all the bad puns on this thread.



Nightsong  Monday Apr 16 07:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by littlenickyer View Post
I guess this makes me the first today to make a tasteless (ha ha) reference to eating the image of the day. I have to say, I can't blame the crocodile. That veterinarian looks delicious.

He's Oriental. Half an hour later you'd be hungry again.

As to shooting the croc, it looks like a saltie. Anything short of armour peircing your just pissing him off.

This picture made me smile actually. I am a herp keeper. I expect that my obit will contain the line "They found him with it's teeth still in his throat."


SPUCK  Tuesday Apr 17 05:56 AM

That's a little cutie Nightsong!

We had some caimans we kept in the play room. Everynite they'd start barking like little dogs.. It was pretty funny.



Happy Monkey  Tuesday Apr 17 05:55 PM

Hydra attack!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Monkey View Post
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Nightsong  Tuesday Apr 17 09:48 PM

thanks Spuck, He is one os the myriad of creatures that rules my life.



monster  Wednesday Apr 18 08:34 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nightsong View Post
He's Oriental. Half an hour later you'd be hungry again.



HungLikeJesus  Wednesday Apr 18 10:06 PM

This is the version that the newspapers wouldn't print. Who needs PhotoShop when the GIMP is available for free?



HungLikeJesus  Saturday Apr 21 11:28 AM

I thought it looked pretty good for being hand-drawn.



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