A veterinarian in a Taiwan’s Shaoshan Zoo gave a 17 year old 200 kilogram Nile crocodile tranquilizers before attempting to give it medicine. Obviously it wasn’t adequately tranquilized; it bit his arm off.
Other zoo employees shot the crocodile twice and retrieved the arm. It was reattached during a 7-hour operation.
The vet is doing well, considering the circumstance. So is the croc. The shots did not penetrate its skin. They did shock it, and the shock made it open its mouth and release the arm.
The croc has been in the zoo for 10 years. Before that it was a pet in the home of a local resident.
Chang Po-yu after the operation.