The Vet Lounge in Coomera on the Gold Coast of Australia received an interesting call earlier this week from a man who runs a local reptile removal business.
Tony Harrison of Reptile Relocation and Awareness had called the vet because he was concerned the big carpet python that he was tasked to relocate had an unusual bulge in its belly, 7News Brisbane reports.
So Dr. Matt Hollindale, who never operated on a snake in his 16 years as a vet, went to work and found the culprit — a stuffed teddy bear. Hollindale removed the little purple bear from the snake’s stomach, after which he sewed the reptile up with 15 stitches.
The snake will be on antibiotics for two weeks and then will be released back into the wild. If Harrison had not taken the snake to The Vet Lounge, the chances of the snake surviving would have been slim to none, as that teddy bear would have caused an impaction in the snake’s belly and the snake would have most likely died.
Thanks to Hollindale for operating and Harrison for showing concern for the animal, the snake will go on to live another day, and Teddy is all cleaned up and ready for his next adventure.