04 January 2010 16:30 PM
A dog in Scotland almost died after an accident left her with a giant tongue.
Family pet Penny almost suffocated when her tongue swelled to four times its normal size following a bizarre accident.
The pooch was tucking into to her favourite treat - a pig's heart - when part of the dead animal's aorta became stuck around the base of her tongue.
As her mouth muscle started to swell, the 18-year-old animal frantically clawed at her face to try and free it.
Penny's owner Linda Donnelly rushed the animal to a pet hospital in Glasgow.
Vet Dermot Mullen said: "I am just pleased I was able to save her. The prognosis was not at all good."
Linda added: "Pigs' hearts are now completely off the menu!"