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Last Updated: Wednesday April 20 2005 15:38 GMT

Rubber duck gives dog tummy ache

A rubber duck
Vets in Sweden have removed a rubber duck from a boxer dog's stomach five years after it scoffed the bath toy.

Apollo's owner thought the duck had dissolved over the years, as he didn't seem to be suffering any ill effects from swallowing the inedible snack.

But five years later he started being sick and refused to drink water, so his owner rushed him to the vet.

An operation to remove the rubber duck, which had gone black and rock hard over half a decade, was a success.

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