Rocky the Croc Visits the Dentist at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: March 25, 2022 12:23 pm

Rocky the Crocodile Dentist at Wildlife Sydney Zoo

Rocky the saltwater crocodile during his surgery at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Photo Credit: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo have completed a successful dental surgery on their largest resident, Rocky the saltwater crocodile. The massive 4.2m long crocodile was place under a general anaesthetic for the first time so he could undergo surgery.

A team of experts from across Australia were brought in to assist with the surgery. These included resident veterinarian at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Dr Mike Cannon, Head Keeper, Marina Betrus and special guests from Cairns Crocodile Handler, Shane O’Brien and Veterinary Surgeon, Annabelle Olsson, who has a PHD in crocodile anaesthesia.

Dr Mike said’ “Rocky’s abscess was a naturally occurring ailment. He’s lucky to have had a team of resident experts, and guests flying in, to give him the very best possible care. The surgery went extremely well. Rocky is already looking quite happy and is well on his way to making a full, tooth-ache-free, recovery.”

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo undertake training programs with their animals which helped keepers to have him voluntarily position himself ready for the 3 hour anaesthetic.

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Marina said, “We’re glad we were able to keep Rocky calm ahead of the surgery. Rocky is a beloved character here at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour, often seen dozing in has large pool or giving himself a bubble stream massage. It’s wonderful to see him recovering well and basking under his heat lamp”.

Rocky came to the Sydney Harbour attraction from Rockhampton in Northern Australia. He is thought to be 35 years old and enjoys barramundi as one of his favorite foods.

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Rocky the Crocodile Dentist at Wildlife Sydney Zoo

Rocky the saltwater crocodile shows off his large teeth which caused his trip to the dentist

Photo Credit: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

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