Rocky the tortoise has operation to remove stuck egg

Rocky the 16-year-old pancake tortoise has been operated on after an egg got stuck in her tubes.

Staff at Bristol Zoo Gardens had noticed Rocky was not laying eggs regularly.

She was X-rayed and it was discovered an egg was lodged in one of her oviducts.

It took an hour’s surgery, using a diamond cutting disc, to make small incisions in the underside of Rocky’s shell, which allowed vets to reach and remove the trapped egg.

They also had to remove her ovaries. « It was important to do this because we didn’t want her to have the same problem in the future, » the zoo said.

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