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Warning Graphic: Sick Crocodile Bites Arm Off Taiwan Zoo Vet

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Taiwan -- Police in Taiwan were forced to shoot a crocodile after it bit off the arm of the zoo veterinarian treating it, an official said on Wednesday.

Dramatic television footage showed a police officer firing on the animal to wrest the severed limb from its jaws.

Chang Po-yu, 38, from the southern Kaohsiung city's Shou Shan Zoo, was injecting the sick crocodile with anaesthetic when it attacked him.

He was said to be in a stable condition after being rushed to hospital for an emergency operation to re-attach his arm, an local official said, although it was not immediately clear whether Chang would recover.

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Why kill the croc? The damage was allready done! It is in the croc´s nature to feed on animals, like ourself.
   comment# 1   - Tess · Stockholm, Sweden · Apr 12, 2007 @ 11:10pm

Apparently the croc was shot at but not killed, the gunfire made the croc drop the arm.
   comment# 2   - Michele · Guelph, Canada · Apr 13, 2007 @ 10:22am

It all seems armless to me.
   comment# 3   - barbs · u.k. · Apr 13, 2007 @ 10:29am

They killed it because once it attacks humans it will think it's ok. I wonder if they were able to reattach the arm.
   comment# 4   - Jason · Phoeniz, Arizona · Apr 13, 2007 @ 10:33am

You have to hand it to the croc...
   comment# 5   - Ciaran · Philly · Apr 13, 2007 @ 11:33am

Yeah they did reattach it and the croc didn't die, it wasnt harmed at all
   comment# 6   - J · Uk · Apr 13, 2007 @ 11:57am

That croc didn't go mad, that croc went croc!! Hope they got some nice bags and belts out of it.
   comment# 7   - Russ · Auckland, New Zealand · Apr 13, 2007 @ 1:08pm

They killed it because a human life is ALWAYS more important that an animals. How would you feel if it was you and they said "sorry, we did't get your arm back and try to re-attach it because we didn't want to hurt the animal."
   comment# 8   - Jeff · Denver, Co · Apr 13, 2007 @ 1:50pm

LONG LIVE THE CROC!!
   comment# 9   - jeff · usa · Apr 14, 2007 @ 10:23am

They didn't kill it, they just shot at it so it would drop the arm.
   comment# 10   - Alicia · Oregon · Apr 14, 2007 @ 10:52am

The croc was not killed. People who work with dangerous animals know the risks and are to blame when there's an attack. I'm sure the vet doesn't want the croc killed. They're wild animals for a reason.
   comment# 11   - dani · maryland, USA · Apr 14, 2007 @ 12:29pm

I saw the video. They shot the croc with a dart to knock it out, but it is still alive. It was human error, not "croc" error.
   comment# 12   - Sandy · Columbus Ohio · Apr 14, 2007 @ 1:35pm

.. what if it happened in the swamp? and the croc is still alive with your arm in the mouth? You will try to recover your property or prefer to feed the monster? It is normal the croc try to eat you, but, it is human to try to defend yrself. I love animals like man, but, if a man try to run with my left arm , ... I will shoot him in the head !!
   comment# 13   - Robertodajava · centralJava Indonesia · Apr 15, 2007 @ 4:29am

I thought the croc has a specific name. It was said to be a Nile croc. for the past 10 years. But, when the zoo hired an expert on looking at what type the croc was, they said it was different from the Nile croc. I don't remember the name of those type of croc.. Does anyone know?
   comment# 14   - CHJ · Bangkok, Thailand · Apr 16, 2007 @ 6:37am

That's a Saltwater Crocodile. The most aggresive of all the species of crocodilians. Lucky the vet only lost his hand! He could have been ripped to shreds!
   comment# 15   - David · Sydney, Australia · Apr 17, 2007 @ 1:17pm

HEY JEFF from Denver.... I'm sure that Croc would much rather be swimming free in the wild, then penned up in a zoo with vets and people constantly disturbing it. If you want to cage/display these animals, these things are bound to happen, and you have to live with the consequences. It's not the crocodiles fault, if somebody was prying in your mouth, or grabbing your nose, or twisting your arm, you probably wouldn't like it either. It's just the animals nature/instinct to bite. It amazes me everyday I'm on this website how ignorant some people are! But I guess that's why our wildlife/environment is in the state it is. I wonder in 50 years, if these same ignorant people will be posting thier ridiculous comments when all these beautiful animals and thier habitat's are completely wiped out! I can gaurantee you they won't!
   comment# 16   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Apr 19, 2007 @ 10:18am

Never try to give a croc a pill.
   comment# 17   - Doug Markell · Rome, Italy · Apr 22, 2007 @ 12:38pm

the zoo vet was just lending a helping hand...that is,to a croc.
   comment# 18   - fletcher · twin cities · Apr 27, 2007 @ 12:03pm

Anyone for nuggets?
   comment# 19   - E.M.McHenry · Milton,Fl (USA) · May 7, 2007 @ 10:03am

Oh, the poor croc! What a CROC! Let's see it take your animal hugging arm or leg off. See how you get on with your life. How about going to any local village where these monsters may kill your family or neighbors every day? Have you THEIR courage? I doubt it, Greenies.
   comment# 20   - Tim · Texas · May 16, 2007 @ 8:35pm

this croc was "armed" and dangerous
   comment# 21   - joe · bucks county · May 20, 2007 @ 6:23am

what about its right to bear arms?
   comment# 22   - hoot · pennsylvania,, usa · May 20, 2007 @ 6:27am

max bygraves hit the nail on the head with his signature song the great, you need hands to hold someone you care for. yup everyones needs a hug even crocs.he probably got the idea after hearing max on the sunday morning radio show.
   comment# 23   - ongkicker · yorkshire uk · May 29, 2007 @ 12:50pm

The guy was stupid he stuck his arm in the croc when the croc had perfect sight on him. I think you have to be directly in front of the croc to do it safely because they can't see directly in front of them.
   comment# 24   - cody · EB NJ · Jun 5, 2007 @ 2:42pm

yeah about this croc is he ever gonna die or what. i'm like crazy to beleave that GUSTAVE is still on the loose in africa now this croc bites an arm off. what next, a baby's head. ohhh no way i say KILL the croc no question about it.
   comment# 25   - MIREYA MARIAH · OREM UTAH · Jun 18, 2007 @ 2:52pm

were do you find the video
   comment# 26   - jessica · boise, id · Jul 8, 2007 @ 3:59pm

Well that happened in Taiwan, I don't think that's allowed in the states.
   comment# 27   - Josh · a town, USA · Jul 9, 2007 @ 4:30pm

i found the news cast at this site. http://player.clipsyndicate.com/play/1188/303565?cpt=8
   comment# 28   - scott · martins ferry, oh · Jul 10, 2007 @ 7:25pm

Looks like theres a lot of meat in that croc tail. Its barbecue time
   comment# 29   - Peta can Suc dicx · USA-Florida · Jul 20, 2007 @ 12:26pm

Kill all the crocs! I don't like 'em, nor do I like gators!
   comment# 30   - Sandy · United States · Aug 28, 2007 @ 10:13am

Go Croc! I'm sure the guy involved wouldn't have wanted the croc to be killed. Working with wild animals he would understand it was only behaving in the way nature intended.
   comment# 31   - Deeanne · Wales · Sep 18, 2007 @ 1:55pm

It's a zoo out there! I wonder if it had a good B,M after the handburger!
   comment# 32   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Oct 15, 2007 @ 3:19pm

I never would say kill the animal, but in this case there was a good reason and it was to save a human arm. if it was your arm "what would you want?"
   comment# 33   - nameless · Anaheim, CA · Dec 5, 2007 @ 1:36pm

That is sad man, straight up pwnage was dropped upon that crocodile. "Will you bite the hand that feeds you?"
   comment# 34   - McJiblets · Monlef, Shongbeef · Dec 7, 2007 @ 5:40pm

How dare they shoot the poor animal!!!!!!!!!!!! It was only hungry, and they treat it like scat. I say that damn human got what he deserved. He should have tried to treat it when the conditions were just barely starting to get bad. Not when things were already REALLY bad. Stupid bastards.
   comment# 35   - Sifah · utah · Dec 17, 2007 @ 1:34pm

I agree with jeff (USA) long live the croc what kind of fool trys to give a croc a needle without restraining it its not that hard to do lol the vet deserved to loose his arm just 4 his stupidity
   comment# 36   - Aaron · Australia · Mar 13, 2008 @ 4:16pm

I'm hoping that the crocodile wasn't killed over this. Human life should not be valued over animal life - especially endangered animal life - and an animal MOST CERTAINLY shouldn't be killed when the human was only injured.
   comment# 37   - Cristy · U.S.A. · Sep 20, 2008 @ 9:23pm

Animal are our friends and they only become our foes because we are agressive unto them, if we can see the animals as just creatures and ttreat them the way it should be, they would be harmless. pole for doctor but he did not diserve that kind of punishment. loosing an arm!!!!!!!!
   comment# 38   - Juma · Bujumbura, Burundi · Nov 25, 2009 @ 6:24am

Why would u shoot the crocodile when his arm is in his mouth, u couldve hit the arm causing a lot of pain to the man who Lost his arm. THerefore never shoot shoot crocs
   comment# 39   - Pervy WInk · Nigeria · Dec 12, 2011 @ 3:31am
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