updated 1/23/2007 3:48:45 PM ET 2007-01-23T20:48:45

Mozart, an iguana stuck with a permanent erection six days after a mating session at a Belgian zoo, may have to have his penis amputated if the condition does not improve.

"He will see the vet on Thursday," said Enid Balemans, spokeswoman for the Aquatopia Zoo in Antwerp, stressing that veterinarians were still considering alternative treatments.

Handy backup penis
Even if an amputation is deemed necessary, Mozart will still be able to reproduce, because male iguanas have two penises, Balemans added.

She said he was not showing obvious signs of distress, but added: "I imagine that if you are a man and you look at Mozart it hurts."

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