Swede has arm amputated after Castro’s crocodile bit him
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish newspaper says a man who was bitten by a crocodile that once belonged to late Cuban leader Fidel Castro has had his arm amputated.
Ohio officials say more crocodiles unlikely after 1 found
WEST ALEXANDRIA, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it's unlikely there are any other crocodiles in a western Ohio creek where one was captured this week.
American crocodiles thriving outside nuclear plant
MIAMI (AP) — American crocodiles, once headed toward extinction, are thriving at an unusual spot — the canals surrounding a South Florida nuclear plant.
Wild animals get care at private Russian center
RAPPOLOVO, Russia (AP) — Gena the crocodile was left in a trash can. Elza the lion was roaming free in the cargo hold of a plane. As Tonya the bear grew up, the chain she wore dug so tightly into...
Jail time for Florida man who jumped into crocodile exhibit
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A man who jumped into a Florida zoo's crocodile enclosure has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Court records show 23-year-old Brandon Keith Hatfield of Green Cove Springs pleaded no contest Friday to multiple charges, including trespassing and criminal mischief.
St. Augustine police said Hatfield broke into the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park on Nov. 5. According to an arrest report, Hatfield caused over $5,000 in damage at the 125-year-old attraction.
Man pleads guilty to selling illegal wildlife merchandise
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to illegally selling and transporting items made from endangered species and other wildlife, such as crocodiles, sea turtles and sawfish.
Sixty-year-old Keith Foster, the owner of The Outpost antique and exotic merchandise store in Middleburg, pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating the Lacey Act. As part of his plea, Foster forfeited $275,000 and over 175 items made from wildlife.
Police: Man breaks into crocodile enclosure, gets bitten
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old man was injured after breaking into an alligator farm in Florida and jumping into a pond full of crocodiles, police said.
Police officers responding to reports of vandalism early Tuesday at the Alligator Farm Zoological Park found the underwear-clad man with an injured leg crawling across a nearby yard.
Wildlife ranger taken by crocodile in northern Australia
DARWIN, Australia (AP) — A wildlife ranger was taken by a crocodile Friday in Australia's Northern Territory.
The indigenous woman was attacked in a remote location 206 kilometers (128 miles) southwest of the indigenous community of Yirrkala, NT WorkSafe said. The employment safety watchdog said in a statement it was investigating.
Police were traveling by boat and road to the area of the attack, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The woman's body has yet to be recovered.
Mexico investigates crocodile’s death in resort city
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican environmental authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the death of a crocodile.
The young croc was hung from a tree with a note that read: "We are going to continue killing these disgusting animals unless they are brought under control."
The office for environmental protection said Thursday that the reptile's carcass was found in the Pacific coast resort city of Puerto Vallarta on Tuesday.
Israel faces crocodile conundrum with stranded reptiles
PETZAEL, West Bank (AP) — An Israeli businessman appears to have bitten off more than he can chew with plans for a crocodile farm in a West Bank settlement.
Hundreds of crocodiles have been stranded at the farm in a remote spot in the Jordan Valley — left behind by a pair of failed business ventures.
Zimbabwe’s ‘Crocodile’ faces tough challenges as president
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — He's known as "the Crocodile," named after a small band of guerrillas battling white minority rule in the land once known as Rhodesia.
Now the 75-year-old Emmerson Mnangagwa has another big challenge as the new president of Zimbabwe: reviving its formerly prosperous economy, reining in the military and bridging the country's deep political divide resulting from a disputed election.
Australian rangers trap big crocodile near tourist gorge
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Wildlife rangers said Tuesday that they had trapped a 4.7-meter (15-foot) saltwater crocodile, the largest they had ever caught in the northern Australian Katherine River and in an upstream region popular with tourists that is thought relatively safe from the killer predators.
Zimbabwe couple weds after crocodile bites off bride’s arm
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A couple attacked by a crocodile wedded days later in a Zimbabwean hospital, where the bride was recovering after losing an arm.
"In one week we went from shock and agony to a truly amazing experience," 27-year-old Jamie Fox told The Associated Press Monday.
OCEAN GATE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman going for her weekly jog says she was shocked to discover a 6-foot-long sea creature she says looked like a crocodile.
DRUNK WEDDING GUEST JUMPS OUT OF WINDOW INTO CROCODILE POOL - AS HORRIFIED REVELERS SEE HIS ARM RIPPED OFF
A drunken wedding guest was left bloodied and dismembered after he jumped into a crocodile pool and had an arm ripped off by the crocs while his head was clamped in their jaws.
Collin Miller, 21, had decided to break into a crocodile cage at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, South Africa, while drinking. He escaped with his life after the three crocodiles released the blood-soaked tourist to fight over his torn off arm allowing a worker and another man to drag the tourist to safety.
Will Smith records risky encounter with giant crocodile
Will Smith has documented his heart-stopping encounter with a giant crocodile on Instagram.
The 49-year-old actor fed the terrifying reptile during his visit to Wild Life Sydney in Australia, and Will has given his followers a behind-the-scenes insight into his nervy experience with the crocodile.
Will Zimbabwe’s new president actually bring change?
The new president of Zimbabwe is called “The Crocodile.” Crocodiles are feared and respected in Africa, where the reptile patiently waits for its prey, half-hidden in the brown waters of the bushveld. An impala, a zebra or even a massive kudu knows that when they come to drink at a waterhole, the “garwe” might pounce. The crocodile, like Emmerson Mnangagwa, bides his time and is swift in his execution.
Crocodile on Florida beach moved to ‘suitable habitat’
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Officials say an 8-foot (2.4-meter) crocodile that came ashore on a Florida beach has been released unharmed, far from swimming and sunbathing tourists.
Crocodile Wanders Onto Florida Beach
See you later, alligator! Crocodile caught on Florida beach
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've captured a 6-foot (2-meter) crocodile that came ashore on a Florida beach.
News outlets report that wildlife officers caught the large reptile Monday afternoon on Hollywood Beach.
4-foot-long lizard found in Southern California backyard
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A lizard that can grow to be 8 feet long has been found in Southern California, thousands of miles from its native land, and authorities think it's a pet gone astray.
The 4-foot-long crocodile monitor was spotted sunning itself on top of a hedge Wednesday afternoon in the backyard of a Riverside home.
The crocodile monitor is a relative of the famous Komodo dragon. It's native to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia — not California — but it is legal to own them in the state.
Family of late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ back at Animal Planet
NEW YORK (AP) — Crikey! The Irwin family is returning to television's Animal Planet, 11 years after the death of "The Crocodile Hunter" star and family patriarch Steve Irwin.
The network said Wednesday that Irwin's widow, Terri, and children Bindi and Robert will reappear on Animal Planet starting next year. The family has carried on Steve's conservation work in Australia, running a zoo, a wildlife preserve and supporting projects that try to save endangered animals worldwide.
Tennessee professor helps ID prehistoric crocodile species
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee says one of its professors has helped identify a species of giant prehistoric crocodiles that roamed the coasts and waterways of what's now north-central Texas about 95 million years ago.
A university news release Wednesday says Stephanie Drumheller-Horton was on the team that identified the species that grew up to 20 feet long and likely ate whatever they wanted, from turtles to dinosaurs.
In Rwanda, 7 people killed by crocodiles amid dry spell
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Residents in Rwanda's capital say seven people have been killed by crocodiles on the banks of Nyabarongo River this month.
Donata Mukanyana, a mother of six children, said her husband was taken last week by a crocodile while trying to draw water from Nyabarongo River in Kigali's Nyarugenge district.
Amid a prolonged dry spell, residents from Nyarugenge and Kamonyi districts are increasingly depending on Nyabarongo waters for domestic use.
Rare crocodile eggs hatched at Cambodian conservation center
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Nine eggs of an endangered crocodile species found in the wild in June and taken to a conservation center in southern Cambodia have hatched, conservationists announced Tuesday.
The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and Cambodia's Fisheries Administration said the eggs of nine Siamese crocodiles have hatched at the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center after being retrieved from the wild to protect them from poachers and predators.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Wildlife researchers in Cambodia say they've found a clutch of eggs from one of the world's most endangered crocodiles, raising hopes of its continuing survival in the wild.
DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — A crocodile that mysteriously appeared in the remote islands of Florida's Dry Tortugas National Park 14 years ago has been relocated to the Everglades after getting too friendly with food-bearing visitors.
Bindi Irwin recalls making late father Steve ‘proud’
Bindi Irwin has recalled the first time her late father Steve Irwin said he was "proud" of her.
The 18-year-old aspiring actress is the only daughter of the late wildlife expert, who died in 2006 at the age of 44 after he was attacked by a stingray that pierced his heart and caused him to bleed to death whilst filming documentary series 'Ocean's Deadliest'.
Australian firefighters contend with pet crocodile
DARWIN, Australia (AP) — Firefighters who fought a blaze at a house in the tropical Australian city of Darwin on Thursday contended with the added distraction of being watched by a 4-meter (13-foot) pet crocodile.
The fire destroyed the two-story house in the upscale suburb of Fannie Bay but did not harm the huge reptile, a female named Albert, which lives in a backyard enclosure, firefighter Bill Gleeson said.
"Thankfully the crocodile didn't affect our operations at all," Gleeson told reporters.
Rare crocodile bitten, undergoes surgery at Zoo Miami
MIAMI (AP) — A 13-year-old endangered male crocodile is recovering from surgery at Zoo Miami.
Zoo officials said the crocodile underwent a procedure Friday to treat an infected wound likely caused by a bite from another crocodile. The nearly 10 foot long, 396 pound reptile had sustained a wound to its left front wrist that needed to be debrided and medicated.
Not all mummies are fit for a sarcophagus.
Four arrived inside an old cigar box when arts patron Gilbert M. Denman Jr. donated his collection of Egyptian antiquities to the San Antonio Museum of Art in 1991.
It was believed the small, brown bundles contained the preserved remains of baby Nile crocodiles, perhaps once left as an offering to the god Sobek.
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — An American crocodile killed in pre-dawn traffic in the Florida Keys may have been looking for a nest.
The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/2nwsRM8) the female croc was run over by a tractor-trailer last week.
The driver told the Florida Highway Patrol that he couldn't avoid the 8-foot-long reptile when it walked into the path of the truck.
Mexico finds 34 crocs ‘milked’ for their blood
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities have rescued 14 crocodiles and found 20 others dead in a squatters' settlement where people were apparently "milking" the crocs for their blood.
The office for environmental protection said Thursday that some local residents in Chiapas wanted the blood because they believed it could cure cancer, diabetes, AIDS and other diseases. Scientists say there is no evidence that crocodile blood cures these diseases.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Australian teen who was attacked by a crocodile after jumping into a crocodile-infested river on a dare was recovering from serious wounds to his arm, officials said Monday, as authorities recovered the body of another man who also may have been attacked by a crocodile in nearby waters.
Mexico says killer crocodile captured in nature reserve
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they have captured a nearly 11-foot (3.3-meter) crocodile that killed and apparently ate a man in a southern nature reserve.
A government statement says the male reptile was caught with a baited trap before dawn Thursday near where the attack took place.
Officials were relocating it to an environmental management site elsewhere in the state of Chiapas.
Search in Mexico for crocodile that killed man
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental authorities are searching for a 10-foot (3-meter) crocodile that killed and apparently ate a man in southern Mexico.
The federal Environment Department said Tuesday the attack occurred March 12, when the victim and three friends went to the La Encrucijada reserve to fish. The 18-year-old man was carried off by the reptile, but his companions escaped.
The department said it would erect crocodile warning signs.
Subhed: Zoo hoping to hatch endangered Orinoco Crocodiles
By KAILA CONTRERAS
Originally from Venezuela, Suede and Blade, the Orinoco Crocodiles at the Gladys Porter Zoo, are trying to save their critically endangered species by introducing 36 more baby crocodiles to the world.
Zoo hoping to hatch endangered Orinoco crocodiles
Originally from Venezuela, Suede and Blade, the Orinoco crocodiles at the Gladys Porter Zoo, are trying to save their critically endangered species by introducing 36 more baby crocodiles to the world.
Reptile & Amphibian Supervisor Clint Guadiana said Orinoco crocodiles are a critically endangered species mainly because they have been poached to make things such as boots and bags out of their skins.
Eggs-cellent: Zoo hoping to hatch endangered Orinoco Crocodiles
BROWNSVILLE — Originally from Venezuela, Suede and Blade, the Orinoco Crocodiles at the Gladys Porter Zoo, are trying to save their critically endangered species by introducing 36 more baby crocodiles to the world.
Reptile & Amphibian Supervisor Clint Guadiana said Orinoco Crocodiles are a critically endangered species mainly because they have been poached to make things such as boots and bags out of their skins.
Man taken by crocodile while wading across Australian river
DARWIN, Australia (AP) — A 47-year-old man has been killed by crocodile while trying to cross a flooded river in northern Australian wilderness, police said Friday.
The man had been wading through the East Alligator River in the Northern Territory with two women on Thursday when he disappeared at Cahill's Crossing near the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, a police statement said.
The women made it across safely then reported the man missing.
For $50,000, put a sweater on a pit bull or take a selfie with a crocodile?
A pit bull attacked its owners after they tried to dress it in a sweater last week.
On Dec. 30, the pit bulll mix was angered by an attempt to put a sweater on it attacked three family members, one seriously, in Tampa on Friday, police said.
According to police, Brenda Guerrero, 52, tried to put a sweater on Scarface about 2:28 p.m. at 3405 Cord St., but the dog attacked her.
Crocodile bites French tourist posing for photo at Thai park
BANGKOK (AP) — A French tourist who tried to have her picture taken with a crocodile in Thailand was injured when the reptile snapped at her when she got too close.
The woman, who is in her 40s, suffered a severe bite wound to her leg Sunday at the Khao Yai National Park, said Thanya Netithammakul, head of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.
Researchers puzzle over tracks that predate dinosaurs
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Roughly 290 million years before rancher Cliven Bundy brought international attention to the Gold Butte area, an early reptile the size of a baby crocodile left its own lasting impressions there.
A team of researchers from UNLV recently announced the discovery of fossilized footprints 60 million years older than the earliest dinosaurs on a slab of sandstone about 115 miles northeast of Las Vegas, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/2f9QyJD).
Costa Rica relocates croc that attacked US man in beach town
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Costa Rican officials have captured and relocated a crocodile that seriously injured an American man in a beach town popular with surfers and eco-tourists.
The Tamarindo Community Development Association says in an online statement that the croc was captured Sunday and removed to a wildlife center.
San Antonio Zoo welcomes 12 newborn crocodiles of a highly endangered species
San Antonians and area visitors will soon be able to get an up-close look at a dozen newborn Tomistoma crocodiles at the San Antonio Zoo.
Zoo caregivers were at the birth last month of the dozen newborn Tomistoma crocodiles, a rare reptile that is fast vanishing as its Malaysian and Indonesia habitats are increasingly lost to urban growth.
Surrounded by alligators, Matthew cleanup goes on in Florida
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Sure, lots of people in St. Augustine are picking up branches and leaves after Hurricane Matthew blew through town. But only a few are doing it surrounded by alligators.