Monday, 24 January 2011

Captain Hook's revenge: The poor crocodile who swallowed a mobile phone... that can be heard ringing in its belly



Unhappy: Poor Gena the crocodile, who is now listless and appears in pain after swallowing the Nokia mobile phone

The crocodile in Peter Pan happily went 'tick-tock' after swallowing an alarm clock.
But a crocodile in Ukraine has been a little less fortunate.

Zookeepers at an aquarium in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk did not believe one visitor when she claimed Gena, a 14-year-old crocodile, had eaten her mobile phone.

But then they heard the phone begin ringing - inside the croc's belly.

'The sound was coming from inside our Gena's stomach and we understood she wasn't lying,' said aquarium employee Alexandra.

Now Gena is refusing food and acting listless.

Rimma Golovko, a new mother in her 20s, admits the accident was her fault. She stretched out her arm to snap a photo of Gena opening his mouth and dropped her Nokia phone into the water.

It's my fault: Rimma Golovko, who has confessed to dropping her phone while trying to take a photo of Gena

'This should have been a very dramatic shot, but things didn't work out,' she said.
Ms Golovko is resigned to losing her phone, but still wants its SIM card back since that has her precious photos and contacts.

The mishap has caused bigger problems for the crocodile, which has not eaten or had a bowel movement in four weeks and appears depressed and in pain.

'The animal is not feeling well,' said Alexandra.

'His behaviour has changed, he moves very little and swims much less than he used to.'

Doctors tried to whet the crocodile's appetite this week by feeding him live quail rather than the pork or beef he usually gets once a week.

The quail were injected with vitamins and a laxative, but while Gena smothered one bird, he didn't eat it.

He also won't play with three fellow African crocodiles, despite being the leader in the group. Crocodiles can live up to 100 years.

'He is the biggest and the oldest, perhaps he went for the phone to protect his group,' Alexandra said.

Dnipropetrovsk chief veterinarian Oleksandr Shushlenko said the crocodile will be taken for an X-ray next week if he continues to refuse food.

Never smile at a crocodile: In the tale of Peter Pan, as shown here by Disney, Captain Hook could always hear the crocodile coming from the ticking of an alarm clock it had swallowed (though sometimes he wasn't quick enough)

Surgically removing the phone would be a measure of last resort, he said, since incisions and stitches usually take at least three weeks to heal in reptiles and the procedure is dangerous for the animal and the vets.

'Everything will depend on where the foreign body is located,' Shushlenko said.
'We don't have much experience working with such large animals.'

The crocodile in 'Peter Pan' with the ticking stomach was on the hunt for Captain Hook after getting a taste for the pirate's flesh from eating one of his hands.
But luckily for Hook, he could always hear the crocodile coming.

Crocodile Eats Mobile Phone, Now Not Eating

source: dailymail [endtext]

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