23 Jan '11, 10pm

Crocodile ill after swallowing phone - TODAYonline #crocodile #reptilenews

Workers at a Ukrainian aquarium did not believe it when a visitor said a crocodile swallowed her mobile phone. Then the reptile started ringing. The accident in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk sounds a bit like "Peter Pan", in which a crocodile happily went "tick-tock" after gulping down an alarm clock. But Gena, the 14-year-old crocodile that swallowed the phone, has hardly been living a fairy tale: It has not eaten or had a bowel movement in four weeks and appears depressed and in pain. Gena ate the Nokia phone after Ms Rimma Golovko dropped it in the water. She had stretched out her arm, trying to snap a photo of Gena opening its mouth, when the phone slipped. Dnipropetrovsk chief veterinarian Oleksandr Shushlenko said the crocodile will be taken for an X-ray this week if it continues to refuse food. Surgically removing the phone, however, would be a measure of last ...

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