Bite-sized plate

At the Koorana Crocodile Farm in Queensland, near the coast of eastern Australia, MJ the crocodile recently passed away. His owners were puzzled so – as you do – they cut open his stomach and investigated.

They found a handful of gastroliths (or stomach stones), which crocs use to grind up their food, a piece of metal lined with holes, and six screws. The metal was an orthopaedic plate, which was obviously once held in position by the screws.

Photo: Cindy Andrie