Shoe surgically removed from 341-pound crocodile’s stomach

Jami Ganz, New York Daily News
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This crocodile is healing, but it took a while.

Anuket, a 341-pound Nile crocodile, is good as new after doctors at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine surgically removed a shoe from her stomach, the school said in a release last week.

The 10 1/4 u00bd-foot-long croc was brought to the UF Veterinary Hospitals on Feb. 5, after swallowing the footwear back in December.

Anuket consumed the shoe when it fell off a zipliner and into the animal’s habitat at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, about 60 miles north of Daytona Beach.

She was seen scarfing up the sneaker, then throwing it up, only to eat it again.

Surgery was the last resort, following earlier attempts at both the farm and University of Florida to flush out the shoe. Such efforts included zoological medicine resident Dr. Garrett Fraess reaching his arm through the creature’s esophagus to grab the shoe.

Large animal surgeon Dr. Adam Biedrzycki ultimately performed a gastrotomy on the crocodile, which shortly allowed him easier access to ultimately get the shoe out.

Anuket has since returned to her park habitat, where she is recuperating.