Acapulco, Guerrero — The Federal Procurator for Environmental Protection of Acapulco says that two senior citizens voluntarily surrendered their pet crocodile after having it for 30 years.
The couple, both over the age of 80, gave up their unnamed pet which now weighs 250 kilos. The three-meter river reptile lived in a pond in the couple’s back yard for its entire life in the city of Acapulco.
In a statement, the environmental agency reported that personnel went to the home to get the reptile at the request of the couple. When they arrived, they found the river crocodile inside a pond located in the back of the house.
Environmental officials say the reptile was in good health. They explained that the reptile was raised and cared for by them for 30 years and that they were no longer able to care for it. They surrendered the animal under the condition that its survival was guaranteed.
The large adult river crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), was delivered to a provisional depository in a Management Unit for the Conservation of Wildlife which has the proper conditions for its care and survival.
The river crocodile is a protected species in Mexico.