Bob, the 660-pound Alligator from St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, was brought to the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s hospital on Friday to undergo testing in the radiology unit.
The 38-year-old monster gator was suffering from lameness in his right, rear leg. Since the tests, veterinarians have diagnosed Bob with osteomyelitis. Osteomyelitis is an infection in the bone.
He is currently on medication for the pain and will soon be starting an antibiotic for the infection, but is back out on the pond living his best life.
In the video, you can see the massive 12-foot reptile strapped to a board, therefore ensuring the veterinarian’s and Bob’s safety. Bob’s eyes also have a covering on them, and his jaws are held shut with the help of tape.
Meanwhile, people on Twitter have their own thoughts on the massive gator.
Similarly, one user tweeted about their concern for the minimal straps that are holding down Bob.
Many, however, wished Bob a speedy recovery. They also commented on their love for the University of Florida’s mascot.
Above all, The University of Florida, Gators, is taking good care of one of their own!
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
The St Augustine Alligator Farm is one of Florida’s oldest continuously running attractions, since opening in May of 1893.
In fact, St Augustine Alligator Farm is the largest alligator farm in the world, according to their website. The gator farm is also the only place in the world where you can see every living species of crocodilian.
However, St Augustine doesn’t just house giant alligators. They also have birds, reptiles, fossils, mammals, and more.