Crocodile Cell Phone: Ukraine Crocodile Eats Ringing Cell Phone

January 21, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

A crocodile rests on the banks of Tarcoles River in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica some 90 kilometers south of San Jose on December 5, 2010.  (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)
A crocodile rests on the banks of Tarcoles River in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica some 90 kilometers south of San Jose on December 5, 2010. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)
A crocodile in Ukraine possessed such an appetite that it ate a woman’s cell phone, which subsequently kept ringing in the amphibious reptile’s stomach, according to media reports on Friday.

Gena, a 14-year-old crocodile in an aquarium in Dnipropetrovsk, apparently is in distress since eating the phone. He has refused to eat and has not had a bowel movement for four weeks, The Associated Press reports.

The croc gulped down the phone when it was dropped into the water by accident.

“The phone started ringing and the sound was coming from inside our Gena's stomach, and we understood s[he] wasn't lying," aquarium employee Alexandra told the AP.

Gena ate the cell phone three weeks ago. "His behavior has changed," Alexandra told the news agency. "He moves very little and swims much less than he used to."

The aquarium had to take more serious measures to deal with the Gena's health issues.

“We have ordered special transport to bring Gena to the vet,” zoo administrators told Russian news agency RT. “We pray only that he survived the operation. We are so worried about him.”

The woman who lost the cell phone said that she wants to get her phone back as it had a number of memorable photographs on it and maintained that she will not pay for the operation to get it back, RT reported.