Canberra - The owner of a crocodile farm in eastern Australia was baffled to find an orthopaedic metal plate and screws in the stomach of a dead 4.7-metre saltwater croc, he told dpa Wednesday.
MJ died in June at Koorana Crocodile Farm in Coowonga, near the Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland, six months after an all-night fight with a crocodile of the same size.
Farm owner John Lever told dpa that the crocodile had stopped eating altogether before dying, adding he was shocked to find the stainless steel plate complete with six screws in MJ's stomach upon examination.
"There was no bone. It must have been eaten away by the crocodile's stomach juices. Also, there is no identification number. The surface of the steel had been corroded by the stomach's acidity," he said.