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Ocean Park Receives Crocodile Found in Pat Heung


The crocodile found in Lin Fa Tei, Pat Heung yesterday had been transferred from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) to Ocean Park at around 7pm last night. 
Preliminary checkup conducted by the Park's veterinarians shows that the crocodile is female and measures about 1.9m in length and 35kg in weight. It is estimated to be around four years old and resembles the characteristics of a Siamese crocodile, but further examination will be required to confirm its species. The crocodile displays active behaviour and will be held temporarily at Ocean Park's quarantine facility for appropriate care by its veterinary and animal teams who have extensive experience in alligator care.
The Park urges the public not to illegally purchase or raise protected wild animals, such as crocodiles, for their own and other people’s safety as well as animal welfare considerations.
Ocean Park is committed to the conservation of biodiversity. For years, the Park has been working closely with AFCD to take care of rescued or confiscated sea turtles, fish, coral reefs, and other illegally imported and abandoned wild species. Since 2000, more than 70 sea turtles jointly rescued by Ocean Park and AFCD have returned to the ocean after receiving medical care at the Park. Currently, there are three rescued sea turtles rehabilitating at Ocean Park.
Besides, Ocean Park’s veterinary and animal teams offer full support to the Marine Life Stranding Response Team of Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong (OPCFHK). Working in tandem with AFCD, they have handled and analysed a total of 610 cetacean stranding cases since 2006. Together, Ocean Park and OPCFHK play a leadership role in cetacean conservation and education, while making significant contribution to research on marine life stranding and rescue.