A massive alligator named Bob was taken from the alligator farm where he lives to Gainesville to receive care at the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine after caretakers noticed the 660-pound reptile appeared to be in pain.
Staff at the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park said the 38-year-old alligator had been limping and appeared to have pain in his right hind leg, local media reported. Bob was transported from his home to the UF College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, where he was evaluated.
This video shows Bob heading into UF’s radiology lab on September 3. To transport the 12-foot-long alligator, staff strapped him to a board, tied his jaws shut, and covered his eyes with a towel. A staff member from the park in St Augustine said that after his appointments, Bob was “back in his pond with all his buddies by the end of the day.”
According to the UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s Facebook post, Bob’s initial evaluation showed evidence of osteomyelitis – an infection of the bone – in the proximal femur.
The park said Bob began his pain medication and would start antibiotic therapy soon at the direction of UF College of Veterinary Medicine doctors. Credit: University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine via Storyful