After being treated by a team of veterinarians at the University of Florida, a 660-pound alligator named Bob is feeling much better, says the school.
According to University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Bob was removed from his home at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park last Thursday, and brought in for radiographs on his rear right leg, which had been hurting the 38-year-old alligator.
At 660 pounds, it’s not an easy thing to take Bob the Alligator to the doctor. Jim, Curator of Reptiles, made the trip to @uflorida vet school with Bob to get X-rays on a leg/hip that’s been causing him some issues.— StAugAlligatorFarm (@StAugGatorFarm) September 6, 2020
📸awesome photos @dez_muir 🙌 #GoGators #Gators pic.twitter.com/FjZDYTBcJa
After a preliminary evaluation, and moving the massive gator onto a gurney, staff discovered evidence of osteomyelitis. “Our zoo med team will continue to monitor his progress. Good luck Bob (& Go Gators!),” tweeted the school.
Well, on Saturday, the veterinary school tweeted an update that Bob is actually doing much better, and is now responsive on pain meds.
An update on Bob, the alligator from @StAugGatorFarm that we evaluated Thursday for lameness in his right rear leg: He's responsive to zoo staff today, on pain meds & will soon start antibiotic therapy. Here he is being transported to our radiology area. #GatorshelpingGators pic.twitter.com/QffbnAfoEG— UFVetMed (@UFVetMed) September 5, 2020
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