Anuket, who lived in the enclosure with another croc, Sobek, ate the shoe.
“During her most recent visit to UF, zoo medicine resident Garrett Fraess initially attempted to remove the shoe by reaching his arm up and through the crocodile’s esophagus but was unsuccessful,” the post said.
“The zoo medicine team then took Anuket for surgery, where Dr. Adam Biedrzycki, a large animal surgeon, attempted to manipulate the shoe through an incision and push it from the stomach to the esophagus, where Fraess hoped to be able to feel and grab hold of the shoe to pull it out. That effort, too, failed.”
Dr. Biedrzycki preformed the gastrotomy to make it easier to remove the shoe. This time, the surgery was a success.
After the shoe was removed Anuket was returned to her home and has been recuperating.