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Anaconda has tumour removed by Thai vets

By statefm / Published on Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 18:40 PM / 39 Comments / 10071 views
Anaconda lying on operating tableImage copyrightTAWEESAK ANANSIRIWATTANA
Image captionThe anaconda was operated on after an x-ray detected a large tumour near its heart

Thai veterinarians have operated on a 10-year-old anaconda to remove a large tumour from near its heart.

The snake was anaesthetised for the seven-hour operation, Dr Taweesak Anansiriwattana told BBC Thai’s Issariya Praithongyaem.

Doctors at Klongluang Animal Hospital had to cut through the skin and abdominal cavity wall in order to reach the tumour, which weighed 1kg (2lb).

Tissue samples have been sent for tests to determine if the snake has cancer.

The snake weighed about 52kg (114 lbs).

Anaconda on breathing tubeImage copyrightTAWEESAK ANANSIRIWATTANA
Image captionThe snake was put on a breathing tube
Anaconda being prepared for surgeryImage copyrightTAWEESAK ANANSIRIWATTANA
Image captionIt was brought to Klongluang Animal Hospital, north of Bangkok, by a private owner

Most of the tumour was removed but a small part remains as it was too close to arteries, vets say.

The snake was brought to the hospital by a private owner.

Anaconda being operated onImage copyrightTAWEESAK ANANSIRIWATTANA
Image captionDoctors had to be careful to avoid arteries, as damaging one could have killed the animal
Taweesak Anansiriwattana with the anaconda after surgeryImage copyrightTAWEESAK ANANSIRIWATTANA
Image captionThe snake has now recovered consciousness – but may need to undergo chemotherapy if cancer is detected

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