A female crocodile went for the bait hook, line and maybe sinker. The result was two fish hooks stuck in the stomach.
The animal survived because a veterinarian and a surgical team removed the hooks and closed the perforation one had made in the crocodile’s stomach.
The report comes from the clinic of the Parque Zoológico y Jardín Botánico Nacional Simón Bolívar in San José. The zoo officials said that a biologist, Juan Bolaños, brought in the creature from the Pacific coast where fishermen saw the croc with a line hanging from its mouth.
They supposed the animal had ingested a hook.
Subsequent x-rays showed that there were two hooks, instead of one, and that one hook had perforated the stomach wall.
That is when Randall Arguedas, a veterinarian decided to operate, the zoo said.
The operation was conventional, and the vet entered the crocodile Feb. 11 in a procedure the zoo has documented on a Web site.
The animal has recovered fully and will be liberated, said the zoo.