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Mother transfers son’s young pet crocodile to Ho Chi Minh City rangers

Mother transfers son’s young pet crocodile to Ho Chi Minh City rangers

Saturday, July 30, 2022, 17:27 GMT+7
Mother transfers son’s young pet crocodile to Ho Chi Minh City rangers
A rare, endangered crocodile is kept in a glass tank at the house of Le Thanh Hoa in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo taken on July 29, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

A woman in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City handed over a baby crocodile weighing about 150 grams raised as a pet by her son to the city rangers on Friday afternoon over a concern that the reptile may become dangerous once it grows up.

Rangers at the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station in the namesake district identified that the crocodile they received from Le Thanh Hoa, a resident of Hoc Mon District, is Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis), which is in the list of rare and endangered forest animals.

The reptile weighs about 150 grams and is around 30 centimeters long.

Hoa said her 17-year-old son brought home a glass tank with the petit crocodile inside on Thursday and said that a friend gifted it to him.

A ranger receives a glass tank containing a rare, endangered crocodile kept at the house of Le Thanh Hoa in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo taken on July 29, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre
A ranger receives a glass tank containing a rare, endangered crocodile kept at the house of Le Thanh Hoa in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo taken on July 29, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

“My son brought the crocodile home with the intention of raising it, but I said no,” Hoa said. 

“I see crocodiles as dangerous animals.”

Hoa’s concern is that the crocodile would become dangerous once it grows up.

Three long-tailed macaques are kept in cages at the house of Huynh Van Thanh in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo taken on July 29, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre
Three long-tailed macaques are kept in cages at the house of Huynh Van Thanh in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo taken on July 29, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City forest protection division also received three long-tailed macaques that had been kept at the house of Huynh Van Thanh in Cu Chi District for two years.

Nguyen Quang Hoang, deputy head of the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station, warned people against raising wild animals at home and encouraged handovers such as Hoa’s and Thanh’s.

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