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Swedish zoo bankruptcy leaves crocs 'homeless'

The Local/dl · 2 Nov 2011, 16:44

Published: 02 Nov 2011 16:44 GMT+01:00

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“We can't put them down, they're endangered,” Peter Rimo, a lawyer administering the bankruptcy of Zooparken in Charlottenberg in central Sweden, told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The zoo went bankrupt last summer, and since then Rimo and others have been working hard to place animals at other facilities.

Initially, there was hope that new buyers would step forward and purchase the entire zoo, but earlier this month Rimo gave up hope of finding new owners and has instead focused on figuring out where to move the zoo's collection of exotic animals.

While Zooparken's lemurs, flying squirrels, and other animals have been relocated with relative ease, finding new homes for the zoo's three, 2.5-metre-long crocs has proven to be more difficult.

Part of the challenge, according to Rimo, is the need for a rather large pool to house the animals, which can grow to be up to six metres long.

“The crocodiles are much harder to place. They are large and hard to handle and it's doubtful they can be placed in Sweden,” he told Sveriges Radio (SR)

As a result, Rimo has now widened the search for new housing for the crocodiles to include Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Of additional concern is the fact that funding for administering the bankruptcy is running out, meaning the crocodiles will have to be removed from their current facilities soon.

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“We're doing everything we can to find a solution,” Rimo told Aftonbladet.

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Your comments about this article

18:27 November 2, 2011 by Svensksmith
I could use a new pair of boots.
18:38 November 2, 2011 by Opinionfool
Aftonbladet, Sveriges Radio, just how many news sources did The Local use to write this piece?

But there's a certain irony to legal lizards not being able to find homes for reptiles. Or is it reptiles not being able to rehome lizards?
19:30 November 2, 2011 by GLO
I need a new pair of boots too!!!
19:56 November 2, 2011 by missjane30
Darn, ya'll beat me to the new boots comment...I was thinking the same thing, but then there's that whole pesky PETA issue. As it is I've already had to tell certain friends that my leather bomber jacket is faux in fear of getting an hour long lecture about animal rights, and blah, blah, blah.

All joking aside, I hope they are able to place the nature with really big f*cking teeth into a suitable home because they are beautiful creatures when not within striking distance.
20:31 November 2, 2011 by dizzy09
stupid owners...how can they possibly be homeless? take them back to their natural habitat.Thats where they belong!!!
21:58 November 2, 2011 by philster61
Why not back into their natural habitat?
22:19 November 2, 2011 by krrodman
They could live with my mother-in law.
02:23 November 3, 2011 by Grokh
if they are endangered shouldnt all countries be responsible... from pollution to poaching some animals only have it safe on zoos and now not even that.
04:10 November 3, 2011 by Da Goat
Simple just take them to the nearest lake or better still pop them in the sea and they will swim home! (might take a while but crocs find their way home)

crocs are more intelegent than we think hence the rule not to follow any routines when dealing with them as they will plot ways to get you to eat! never fish in the same place (spot) twice as the second time the croc will be waiting!

simply pop them in a wooden box and send them back to bolster their kind in their homeland !

or just label them illegal immigrants and hand them over to the migrationsworket for deportation.

or turn them into shoes etc.
08:07 November 3, 2011 by karex
I think that just sending them back to where they belong and letting them loose will be a problem. As endangered species there is probably a limitation about that. If they go back to where they belong they will most likely end up having the same fate as their ancestors...

What amazes me is that in this day and age they don't use our global resources and publish to all zoos in the world. Why waste so long looking just at Sweden, then expanding to three or four more countries? I don't think that there would be a problem finding a home for them in the US for example.
11:46 November 3, 2011 by Svensksmith
Don't send them to the US. We've got enough crocodiles in government now.
10:31 November 4, 2011 by Da Goat
send them my way we got plenty crocs already and have too many politicians, trouble is they probably will starve eating them coz our politicians have no guts and no balls and are full of 5hit , feed them some of yours first then send them out!
12:34 November 4, 2011 by salalah
Difficult to find a home? Send them to Reinfeldt's office, hehe...
22:21 November 4, 2011 by Coalbanks
Soopo, that is a photo of: the crocodile, or, the lawyer. Please enlighten. In Canada they are so similar... it's only the Rolex, the golf clubs & the Scoth that differentiates them.
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