Courtney and a croc
The minute after this was taken, my friend on the other end of the rope shook it so it appeared that the croc was coming after me. Everyone got a good laugh at my spastic reaction, tripping over myself to get away.
He microchipped it, drew some blood, and determined it was a fairly healthy young female. Some of the locals have been feeding them for tourists, despite it being illegal. My friends (who operate aces, American crocodile education sanctuary) have been called many times to relocate problematic crocs, that associate people with food, and therefore lose their fear of us.
Another problem is that the crocodile represents all kinds of bad stuff in Mayan mythology, so a lot of people want them killed, not knowing how essential they are to a healthy ecosystem. When I first met this couple a few years ago, I was telling them about Cleo's (my African grey birdie) behavior and they remarked that I had basically, described a croc perfectly. Pretty cool!
Photograph by Tamara Sniffin
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