The 1,250 kg (2,755 lb) crocodile “Little River” has been forced to say goodbye to its longtime home in a southern Taiwan zoo after the owner decided to shut the park down.
On July 31st, the croc went on display for the last time at the Madou Crocodile Eco-Zoo. Crowds came to bid the enormous creature farewell and a group of musicians serenaded it with some songs. Thankfully, the crocodile seems to be a fan of the acoustic guitar.
Apparently, visitors were allowed to snap photos with the giant reptile, while holding their small children no less.
Little River is 34 years old, reports DFIC. Considering that a crocodile can live for an average of 60 to 70 years if it avoids external problems, that’s actually not all that old.
The owner, Mr. Qiu, told ETtoday that this year’s new animal protection law is making it more difficult to administer a small zoo, so he decided to close his business. He sent most of his animals to zoos in Taiwan.
But, in a rare example of good cross-strait relations, Little River will be sent to a zoo in Xiamen. Where we hope he doesn’t manage to break out.
By Amy Yang
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