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‘Robo Croc’ the crocodile has reconstructive surgery after car accident [Pics]
Fortuna ^ | 3/20/09

Posted on 03/20/2009 10:36:20 PM PDT by LibWhacker

The four-hour operation took place at Miami’s Metrozoo.

The giant male predator, dubbed Robo Croc after the operation left it with a significant amount of metal dotted around its face, was close to death after having its head crushed by a car in the Florida Keys last year.

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‘Robo Croc’ the crocodile has reconstructive surgery after car accident

Unable to move its jaw, the distressed animal had not eaten for three months.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: crocodile; reconstructive; robocroc; surgery

1 posted on 03/20/2009 10:36:20 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Instead of wasting money on this, why not find a better use for this Croc!

Boots!


2 posted on 03/20/2009 10:37:53 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (GOP: If you reward bad behavior all you get is more bad behavior.)
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To: SoConPubbie
A nice hand bag too!
3 posted on 03/20/2009 10:38:59 PM PDT by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: LibWhacker

How did RC survive with his HEAD CRUSHED BY A CAR?!

That’s a miracle in itself—I wonder if the vets requested bailout money to do this surgery? Or was it included among those 9000 earmarks in the omnibus?

Or just kindhearted animal doctors donating their time and resources to save a poor suffering animal that others might have just put down right after the accident?


4 posted on 03/20/2009 10:39:56 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: SoConPubbie

Oh, I can’t believe you went there!
[bop upside the head w/ the nerfbat]


5 posted on 03/20/2009 10:40:58 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: pillut48
How did RC survive with his HEAD CRUSHED BY A CAR?!

No mammal I know of could've done it. Reptiles can go a looooong time without eating.

6 posted on 03/20/2009 10:43:25 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Poor fella.


7 posted on 03/20/2009 11:04:25 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: SoConPubbie

Gumbo!
;0)


8 posted on 03/20/2009 11:04:43 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: LibWhacker
"Reptiles can go a looooong time without eating."

I thought lawyers have to be regularly fed ?

9 posted on 03/20/2009 11:05:11 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: LibWhacker

Looks more like Borg o Croc


10 posted on 03/20/2009 11:11:09 PM PDT by tophat9000 ( We are "O" so f---ed)
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To: LibWhacker

Meanwhile, insurance companies won’t pay for heart surgery for those they deem not “economically viable”.

I say skin the bastage, sell the hide, gut n’ strip the meat and send it to 3rd world Countries for those poor, starving future terrorists.

The driver should be cited for failure finish the job.


11 posted on 03/20/2009 11:22:29 PM PDT by papasmurf (Trow da' bum out!)
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To: LibWhacker

a waste of a great pair of boots


12 posted on 03/20/2009 11:32:14 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: LibWhacker

What a croc!


13 posted on 03/20/2009 11:38:01 PM PDT by getarope (I will give Obama as much respect as the MSM gave W.)
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To: LibWhacker

Hopefully he won’t go out and eat some poor human.


14 posted on 03/20/2009 11:41:58 PM PDT by KittyKares (.)
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To: LibWhacker

They couldn’t have just put the thing out of its misery? What a ridiculous waste of time and money.


15 posted on 03/20/2009 11:53:59 PM PDT by Catphish
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To: Catphish
They couldn’t have just put the thing out of its misery? What a ridiculous waste of time and money.

It must be because of the crocodile shortage. We can't spare any more.
16 posted on 03/20/2009 11:57:24 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: pillut48

It probably didn’t have any brain damage at all. These beasts have a brain about the size of a walnut inside that huge skull. Seems like it was mainly the jaw/snout end that got damaged anyway, and not the part where the walnut is. And they’d often go 3 months or more between meals anyway, as long as they’d had a large victim for their most recent meal.

These are zoo vets and given where this crocodile was found, it’s probably an American crocodile (crocodylus acutus) which is a seriously endangered species. Even if this one was a more common species that had somehow ended up in the Florida Keys (where only the American crocodile is native), these veterinary surgeons would welcome the experience for when they’re confronted with a traumatic injury to a closely related endangered species. Not a lot of opportunities to practice skull/jaw reconstruction on crocodile/alligator-type beasts.


17 posted on 03/20/2009 11:58:53 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: fr_freak

Crocodiles are rare in Florida, Alligators are like weeds...


18 posted on 03/21/2009 12:02:27 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: KittyKares
Hopefully he won’t go out and eat some poor human.

If he does, he'll be doing our gene pool a favor. The sort of humans that tend to stroll along the edge of crocodile-infested waters and let their guard down, are not exactly the smartest representatives of our species.

19 posted on 03/21/2009 12:03:23 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: LibWhacker
looks like a Union Steel stud / Shear training apprentice...

God knows we have enough of them here in Las Vegas...

and the union hall is full!!!!!!!!!!of..

south of the rio grande sort

20 posted on 03/21/2009 12:28:50 AM PDT by shadowcat
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To: LibWhacker

Poor guy.


21 posted on 03/21/2009 12:37:33 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: shadowcat

Bet his wife cringes when he says, “Don’t worry honey, I can fix that”

Work like that would have gotten a F in my 7th grade metal shop class.


22 posted on 03/21/2009 3:26:12 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

Like this guy -
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25363093/


23 posted on 03/21/2009 4:05:33 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: R. Scott

Exactly. 18 years old, grew up around alligators, and blames “gator overpopulation” for the fact that he had a few beers and jumped in a Florida canal for a swim in the middle of the night when it’s too dark to see alligators a foot away from you.


24 posted on 03/21/2009 9:24:11 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GovernmentShrinker

Way back when Fort Myers was a small town and my parents lived there. Occasionally little dogs would disappear - people had respect for gators.
What happened?


25 posted on 03/21/2009 1:15:32 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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