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Oct 8, 2018

ACES Rescue Thomas the Croc!

The American Crocodile Education Sanctuary has rescued a ten-foot American Crocodile called Thomas from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The outlook for the croc is uncertain at this time, as it will undergo some medical tests to see what exactly is wrong.  ACES says that the croc was discovered at a popular feeding spot on the island where someone detected something wrong with the croc and ACES was called to rescue the reptile. The organization notes that it is illegal to feed crocodiles and that carries a ten thousand dollar fine. Feeding the animals also puts human lives at risk. Christina Manzi of ACES shares more about Thomas’ condition.

 

On the Phone: Christina Manzi, Marketing & Fundraising Rep, ACES

“We think somebody was either feeding him or trying to catch him.  We got a call from someone who was taking picture from the crocodiles because they thought they were really cool and they took a picture and then they saw in the pictures that there was fishing line looped around his snout. So, he called us and we were able to pull the crocodile out of the water and sure enough there was fishing line wrapped around his snout, so we popped open his mouth and we reached inside – because we have had luck unhooking hooks from their throats before. But this time it went deeper, deeper into the throat and farther that we couldn’t reach it. So, we put him in holding and contacted Doctor Isabel at Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic (BWRC) and she is gonna do an x-ray and figure out what is going on inside because it is caught on something; whether it is tangled or whether it is something indigestible that it was tangled around in the first place or in the worst case scenario if it is hooked on internal organs. If it is a hook and it is on to internal organs then it is a very slow and painful death.”

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