Thursday, January 25, 2007

Welcome to Ouchville, population: you

What is the deal with me? After nearly two years of blogging about all kinds of random crap, I seem to be stuck in a rut (or on a peak?): this is the twelfth post in a row on science of some sort, and the sixth mainly or substantially about tetrapods. Who knows, maybe I am secretly jealous of newly-minted ScienceBlogger and all-around tetrapod raconteur Darren Naish.

Whatever. Brian Kraatz sent a link to this story about an iguana facing a serious operation. Here's the good stuff:

Mozart, an iguana with an erection that has lasted for over a week, will have his penis amputated in the next couple of days.

Veterinarians at Antwerp's Aquatopia had sought to treat the animal's problem, but decided removal was the only solution because of the risk of infection. The good news for Mozart and his mates is that male iguanas have two penises.

Mozart, sitting on the shoulders of his keeper as camera crews focused on his red, swollen erection, seemed unperturbed by the news.

That last line would be particularly good taken out of context. I don't know if truth is really stranger than fiction, but it's frequently funnier.

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