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Surgeons rebuild crocodile's face

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Vets in Florida say they have successfully rebuilt the face of a crocodile hurt in a car crash last December.

The medical team at Miami's Metrozoo bolted four steel plates to the animal's skull, secured with 41 screws.

The 10-foot (three metre) croc can now open its mouth properly for the first time since Florida Fish and Wildlife officials brought it to the zoo.

Vanessa Heaney reports.

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