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A cool spot to wait before being measured


When crocodiles are captured, they need to be examined, measured and tagged before being released once the nets have been removed. It's therefore important to find cool and stress-free spots for the crocodiles to wait. We normally tie our crocodiles to a flexible rope in the shade or shallow water - this keeps the crocodiles cool, and enables them to hide under the water if they wish. The eyes are normally carefully covered to minimise stress, and it is clear how beneficial this is to the crocodiles. The aim is to measure the crocodile populations, not to disturb them, so proper treatment and welfare is one of the highest priorities. There is no excuse for sloppy animal care during any kind of project.

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