By Chris Temelkos
The last place you’d expect to find a crocodile was in Hamilton, Ontario, but expect the unexpected. On his usual nature outing to a local Hamilton Pond, Tom Badeau was startled when what he thought was a branch dipped into the water, upon uploading a photo of the so-called branch and enlarging it, he and his wife discovered it was a crocodile.
Badeau’s wife immediately called the Hamilton Conservation Authority which called Environment Canada who reached out to the Indian River Reptile Zoo. Mr. Loyst, a curator with the Indian River Reptile Zoo came out to the infamous pond and spotted the croc for himself, him and his crew tried to snag the beast, but with no luck. It is believed the crocodile may have escaped to nearby waterways, but all effort is being made to capture it and give it a home at the Zoo. Loyst added that the croc would not be used to such cool water temperatures.
The crocodile is likely a pet that was dumped as it got to be too big. Crocodiles are illegal to own, but smuggling of exotic reptiles at the border is a very common occurrence. There are 23 species of crocs, but there are none native to Canada.
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