A Taiwanese zoo worker had his forearm reattached on Thursday after his colleagues recovered the severed limb from the mouth of a 440-pound Nile crocodile which had bitten it off, an official said.
The crocodile severed Chang Po-yu's forearm on Wednesday at the Shaoshan Zoo in the southern city of Kaohsiung as the veterinarian tried to retrieve a tranquiliser dart from the reptile's hide so he could give it medication, zoo officials said.
The forearm was reattached following seven hours of surgery on Thursday.
The Liberty Times newspaper said Chang failed to notice the crocodile was not fully anesthetised when he stuck his arm through an iron rail to medicate it.
As Chang was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday, a zoo worker shot two bullets at the crocodile's neck to retrieve the forearm, said Chen Po-tsun, a zoo official.
The official said the crocodile was unharmed.
The 17-year-old reptile is one of a pair of Nile crocodiles kept by the Kaohsiung zoo.
Known as a man-eater because of its voracious nature, the crocodile is listed as an endangered species, and is rapidly disappearing from its native African habitat.
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