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Last Updated: Wednesday October 08 2008 04:48 GMT

Pics: Polly the pancake tortoise has surgery

Polly the tortoise

Polly the African pancake tortoise is recovering at Bristol Zoo, after having an hour-long operation to save her life.

Bristol Zoo's head of veterinary services, Sharon Redrobe, with Polly the African pancake tortoise Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

It was during a routine check up that vets at the zoo first discovered Polly was very poorly.

An X-ray image taken of Polly the African pancake tortoise (Photo:Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

They x-rayed her, and found she had a bladder stone inside her, which could have killed her within weeks.

A bladder stone removed from Polly the African pancake tortoise (Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

But a team of expert vets performed an operation to remove the stone, which was the size of a small egg!

Five-year-old, Polly, an African pancake tortoise, who is recovering after an operation to remove a bladder stone the size of a small egg, tucks into her dinner

Five-year-old Polly is now bandaged up and recovering well in the zoo's Reptile House.