Oldest known croc turns 114 in KZN

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Oldest known croc turns 114 in KZN

Postby Sico » Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:16 am

He was born in 1900 and has survived two world wars. Henry, the Nile crocodile, turns 114 on Tuesday and is the oldest known crocodile in captivity, residing at the Crocworld Conservation Centre in Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal.

He began his life in the Okavango Delta in Botswana and was captured in 1903.

According to google book African Expedition Volume 6, the crocodile "was a man-eater and ate several children". A Botswana tribe had asked an elephant hunter known as "Sir Henry" to kill the crocodile but after consultation, they decided to sentence it to a lifetime of captivity as punishment.

Henry has since made his home at Crocworld where he enjoys sun-tanning at his very own pond, the centre's general manager Martin Rodrigues said.

"Henry has a pretty wonderful life at the centre with his six wives, and this year his record-breaking birthday will be celebrated with balloons and cake for all of his well-wishers on the big day," said Rodrigues.
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Re: Oldest known croc turns 114 in KZN

Postby RJG » Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:19 am

This is awesome. And his still got most of his teeth and looking good so maybe the record can be smashed again and again every year for many years to come.
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Re: Oldest known croc turns 114 in KZN

Postby Ruan Stander » Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:13 am

That's wonderful.
From that little description and the photo, I think he should be called Mr President instead ;)
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Re: Oldest known croc turns 114 in KZN

Postby Gabriel Martinez » Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:43 pm

The man eater looks impressive, I would never have thought that crocodiles could live so many years...
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Re: Oldest known croc turns 114 in KZN

Postby wimpievanzyl » Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:06 am

Saw him in the flesh once....... HE IS A BIG BOY WHEN YOU ARE UP CLOSE TO HIM!
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