BY CAITLIN O’KANE

A crocodile in Florida has gone through a journey to remove an unsavory snack from her stomach. Veterinarians at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine had to surgically remove a shoe that was eaten by a 341-pound Nile crocodile named Anuket. 

Anuket swallowed the shoe in December, after it fell off of a zipliner zooming above the crocodile’s habitat at the Alligator Farm Zoological Park in St. Augustine, Florida, according to University of Florida (UF).

The 10.5-foot crocodile was seen eating the shoe, regurgitating it and eating it again, according to the school.

Vets first attempted to flush out the shoe, but that didn’t work. So, Anuket was brought to UF for Dr. Garrett Fraess, a zoological medicine resident, to try to remove it by hand.

Dr. Garrett Fraess, a zoological medicine resident, first tried to reach into the crocodile’s esophagus to remove the shoe by hand. UF COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

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