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    Over 20 reptiles stolen from Australian Zoo

    NewsReptiles and amphibiansTuesday 13 August 2013
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    Over 20 exotic reptiles have been stolen from a zoo in Austarlia including a baby alligator that was a new addition to the zoo.

    The raid happened earlier last month and in total 23 creatures were taken from the Asutrialian Reptile Park, which is north of Sydney, during a night time raid on Sunday. Reptiles that went missing included snakes, lizards and even geckos. Perhaps the most prominent reptile taken through was an alligator hatchling which when fully grown would be very difficult to look after.

    It was said that in total the robbery was immaculately planned and took just seven minutes from start to finish.

    The zoo’s manager Liz Vella said that "They had smashed through the enclosures and broken doors. "These guys obviously came in with the purpose of taking the animals. They definitely knew what they wanted."

    Attention now focuses to the motive. It is believed that the robbers could be young and simply want a reptile collection of their own or that these animals are destined for a lucrative black market.

    Although none of the animals are considered to be dangerous, their wellbeing is feared for as they may not survive with Australia’s current seasonal climate with cooler temperatures at the moment. At the zoo, they were being cared for in specially controlled environments.

    Experts at the zoo also worry as if they are kept in close proximity then the animals could be a danger to themselves.

     

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