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#362923 - 12/31/09 03:23 AM Crocodile attacks pet during holiday weekend
Marty Offline



Feeding crocodiles has been a dangerous practice in years past. The dangers of it have been explained on countless occasions and performing this action has been deemed illegal by law. Any person caught feeding these wild reptiles may be liable to a fine or imprisonment. Although, the law is there and although warnings have continuously been posted illegal crocodile feeding continues every so often.

    The biggest danger stemming from feeding crocodiles is that they begin to associate people with food. With less food sources available to them these animals tend to look for something that will curb their appetite. That is just what they found on December 24th, at the Ambergris Lake. Corri Sterrenberg, owner, explained that shortly after hearing her American staffy, Ginger, yelp the most gut wrenching cry for help, she ran to the sound in the hopes of finding her pet. What she found was a severly injured Ginger, blood soaked and lying in a neighbor’s yard. The neighbor’s yard lies on the edge of the Lake. Based on the wounds presented on Ginger’s frame, Sterrenberg assessed that she had been attacked by a crocodile. “This lake is home to crocodiles and two weeks ago, I lost my Boston terrier to the same fate,” she says.

    Sterrenberg immediately called Dr. Laurie Droke and advised her of the situation, and Ginger was immediately rushed to the newly opened Animal Hospital. Dr. Droke commenced work on Ginger and five hours later she was patched back up. Ginger’s skull had been ripped open, there was a one-inch hole in her diaphragm, both legs suffered bites while a leg on her artery was slashed. Based on the severe wounds and the depth of the gashes, it is ascertained that Ginger was attacked by a crocodile. Due to the excessive blood loss experienced Ginger is lucky to be alive.

    Ginger’s luck is attributed to the immediate assistance rendered by Dr. Droke. Having bled to death could have been Ginger’s fate but because of the first class treatment received she is on her way to a full recovery.

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#362956 - 12/31/09 04:16 PM Re: Crocodile attacks pet during holiday weekend [Re: Marty]
NYgal Offline
Amazingly good work! Ginger is a lucky dog smile

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#362960 - 12/31/09 04:55 PM Re: Crocodile attacks pet during holiday weekend [Re: NYgal]
Phil Offline
That picture doesn't really do justice (if thats the correct phrase) to the injuries this dog received - it just looks like a scratch in the picture. It's also much more powerfully built and muscular dog than it seems in the picture. Very lucky and very pleased it made it. Good luck with the recovery.

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#362972 - 12/31/09 05:59 PM Re: Crocodile attacks pet during holiday weekend [Re: Phil]
Amanda Syme Offline
I had to do a double take at the photo too. Ginger is very muscular, quite stocky. I was at the Animal Hospital when Ginger came in, she was literally pouring blood from her torso. I am so pleased to hear that she is recovering slowly.

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#362973 - 12/31/09 06:04 PM Re: Crocodile attacks pet during holiday weekend [Re: Amanda Syme]
LaurieMar Offline
Ginger hit the doggie lotto! Good work!

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#362976 - 12/31/09 06:58 PM Re: Crocodile attacks pet during holiday weekend [Re: LaurieMar]
legendsburger Offline
What do think of the local government making this pond and the location farther south a crocodile refuge. They could fence them off and have visiters pay an entrance fee to view feedings. Maybe set up some bleachers and hire all of the guys who used to feed them for tourists anyway. Seems like everyone wins, and is another added attraction for San Pedro. Just a thought!!
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#362977 - 12/31/09 07:17 PM Re: Crocodile attacks pet during holiday weekend [Re: legendsburger]
Amanda Syme Offline
The croc in question has been moved a number of times - and returns to his home. They are territorial creatures.

I for one would not vote to set up a crocodile attraction here. They are wild animals and I think they shouldn't be exploited in such a manner. But that's just me....

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#362979 - 12/31/09 08:03 PM Re: Crocodile attacks pet during holiday weekend [Re: Amanda Syme]
Loansum-Al K Offline
Amanda, I agree 100%.....they should be left alone.
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#362980 - 12/31/09 08:28 PM Re: Crocodile attacks pet during holiday weekend [Re: Loansum-Al K]
elbert Offline
Its always the same bottom line with the majority of issues here, There is no enforcement.
Right now,today, croc skulls are being sold on main street in San Pedro to tourist. Mention it to a police officer and he'll say its someone else's department.
The Police have to be more involved and understand what is and what isn't their domain..
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#362983 - 12/31/09 08:59 PM Re: Crocodile attacks pet during holiday weekend [Re: elbert]
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