Friday, April 13, 2007

Crocodile bites off zookeeper's arm

A 200kg kilogram has bitten off a zookeeper's arm - but surgeons managed to reattach it after reclaiming the limb from the reptile's mouth.

Crocodile with arm

The male crocodile severed Chang Po-yu's forearm at the Shaoshan Zoo in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung.

Crocodile with arm

Mr Chang, a zookeeper and vet, had been trying to retrieve a tranquiliser dart from the crocodile's hide so he could give it medication.

But he appears not to have realised the reptile was not fully sedated when he stuck his arm through an iron rail.

As Chang was rushed to the hospital, a zoo worker ran up to the crocodile and carefully fired at its neck. The arm slipped from the animal's jaw and bounced across the ground.

 Chang Po-yu

Fortunately, the forearm was reattached following seven hours of surgery.

There are lots more gory photos here and here.

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