A critically endangered Cuban crocodile was discovered useless in its enclosure on the Nationwide Zoo on Dec. 17 after apparently chewing into electrical gear.
The crocodile, a 10-year-old male who was hatched on the Smithsonian’s Nationwide Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in 2012 as a part of a breeding program, was “drawn to a alternative electrical outlet and attacked the electrical infrastructure within the habitat.”
“The brand new outlet was roughly 4.5 ft off the bottom, greater than the unique outlet,” the Nationwide Zoo defined. “Identified for his or her aggressive habits, the crocodile pulled the electrical gear off the wall and bit varied items.”
The crocodile had been dwelling within the enclosure for a number of years with out incident, and each day inspections didn’t reveal something regarding.
The Nationwide Zoo is investigating the incident and a pathology report will decide the reason for demise.
Cuban crocodiles are a critically endangered species with solely about 3,000 purebred crocodiles within the wild. Their pure habitat is Cuba’s Zapata Swamp and Lanier Swamp on Isla de Juventud, the place American crocodiles have been interbreeding with them in current many years.