Wednesday, September 22, 2010

280 Crocodiles Escape from Shelter

At least 280 crocodiles have escaped from a shelter in Mexico, near the Gulf of Mexico, after the great flood caused by Hurricane Karl, a Mexican media reported on Tuesday (21 / 9).

Endangered crocodile, Morelet, hanging around in six coastal areas in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, and residents told not to try to capture or kill the animal, according to El Enonomista.

Veracruz governor told reporters counted 280 alligators disappeared from the nature reserve of La Antigua, despite some media reports the number of animals that roam the reptile reached 400.

Morelet crocodile can grow to 10 feet and are found in rivers, lakes and swamps of clear water, and in brackish waters on the coast of eastern Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Federal officials from institutions in charge of nature conservation, said the crocodile experts will be sent to the region to recapture the animal.

At least 15 people were killed and thousands more people left homeless from Hurricane Karl, which devastated the Yucatan peninsula and crashed into the Gulf of Mexico coast at the weekend.

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