Crocodile caught in Faber’s Road neighborhood
The rains also brought excitement for the neighborhood at Faber’s Road when a crocodile was spotted in the area after midnight. The croc, which is about eight feet long, slammed into a police vehicle. It was eventually captured by a brave resident. So what’s next for the reptile? News Five’s Jose Sanchez finds out.
Jose Sanchez, Reporting
The torrents from Thursday night washed away the dust of the dank city and in some neighborhoods replaced sandy potholes with mud and water. And while the together weather drove many indoors, it also drove a crocodile onto Faber’s Road. At two a.m. residents found themselves mouth to jaw with this eight-foot croc.
Mr. Card, Captured Faber’s Road Crocodile
“Two o’clock this morning I deh pan my verandah when my brethren come hail me and tell me wah animal deh pan di street deh—one di size of the one that I caught before. But when I reach pan di scene and thing now, ih mi di walk come from the green chiney up yonder. Ih walk come to the football field when about two or three police truck arrive on the scene and one of the police truck mi di look fi drive over ahn and ih jump up off ah ih four feet and slam into the police truck—look like ih damage wah part of the police truck and thing. So the police lef ah lone. They call in to find out if dehn wah shot and kill ahn, but dehn say dehn can’t shot or kill ahn so they left the scene. So I mi have to think about a solution for us to get ahn pan hold because ih coulda mi end up ina anybody yard and eat anybody dog or an infant, a kid or something because it very vicious bad dig. So I decide to get a stick and put it ina ih mouth and pass the rope over the stick and over ih head and get the rope lock pan eh head first.”
Sheffield Alfred Balthazar Brown
Sheffield Alfred Balthazar Brown, Captured Faber’s Road Crocodile
“The Chiney dehn want buy ahn and the zoo want ahn, but you know we dah ghetto youth and plus we di look fi make shoes and keep the head. But dehn bally couldn’t handle ahn cause like I tell you dah wah rough animal. Ih box me down and all earlier when the next media come bout because dah wah powerful animal. Even the police vehicle this thing di box up and thing you know. Lotta ah dehn deh around this place; run bout like that just like young puppy and this dah wah ma one di way I see it. The pa one still deh around and lot more babies—dehn deh around here common.”
“What will you do with the crocodile? Conservationists will want you to hand it over or maybe like you said you are looking to make croc soup or croc shoes.”
Sheffield Alfred Balthazar Brown
“Weh di go on? We need fi eat and thing. If we get a money we wah sell it. This thing dah bout five hundred pounds. We di take four hundred for the lone meat fillet—this taste like steak. Make Dean Barrow know this dah wi new meal if we noh get off of this and get wah money fi this; and plus we di come see ahn same way. we wah big up the Prime Minister all the way. And I want Phillip Willoughby know dehn streets yah need fi fix cause dehn crocodile di swim all about when di water raise.”
Options such as a crocodile boots are always in style but residents are waiting for someone to exchange croc for cash. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.
City Men Caught A Croc
As we told you at the top of the newscast, the rains have inundated low-lying areas of Belize City. And in those newer communities, built over what used to be wetlands and mangrove swamps, which means all kinds of animals from crabs to crocodiles have been flushed out of their homes.
Early this morning on Faber's that spelled out trouble for one large
Jules Vasquez Reporting
Looking at the White Ibis and Northern Jacana wading in these waters - you might think what you're seeing is some kind of wetland preserve…
But this is really a low-lying football field in Port Loyola - inundated after the rains and a suitable habitat for this creature - an eight foot crocodile that this colorful duo caught in the drain.
Sheffield Brown - Caught Crocodile
"My friend and I caught this (crocodile) last night. There were two of them. They are running around here illegal and free."
But they've got to get paid to get rid of it.
"This is for the Chinese. They love this; this is a delicacy for them. Listen to me, we told this man that this thing has 400 pounds, and he will tell us that it has about 200 pounds. This thing is bigger than me. I know these things by the amount they weigh, by holding its weight, because I am a fisherman."
"So how much are you going to get paid for this?"
"It depends by the weight, because this thing goes by the pounds. We are looking to sell this for at least $1.25 per pound. And the way I see it, this looks like at least 400 pounds, the most or the least."
And the croc proved that it also knows how to throw its weight around, tossing Brown to the ground:
"That power that it has, I was trying to hold it from the front, and it just boxed me down, right off my feet. I didn't know that he had so much power."
Belize City Resident - Caught Crocodile
"He is very strong. He almost damaged from the police truck as well this morning."
And now, this Croc - despite wildlife protection laws - doesn't have a chance - he's a ticket to some easy money in hard times:
"We were going to take it to the zoo, but there are lots more of them are around for us to take to the zoo. So we are dealing with business right now because the Ministers are playing as well. I want these men to know that nothing is really happening, and we were going to give it to the zoo, but we need to eat. So we are dealing with 'paper'; this is our 'come up.'"
And this poor croc, it seems, chose the wrong football field to come up in...
We were unable to get back to Sheffield Brown to find out how much he managed to sell the Croc for.