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Just two nights ago we were conducting a routine crocodile capture, tag, and release for our ongoing American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, population survey. The croc we captured had been shot in the head and hind leg, but alive. We were able to remove the bullet from the head but not sure if any remain in the leg. There are exit wounds so we know that some went through and through. This large 10 foot 8 inch, male, crocodile is now in a small holding facility. We cleaned all the woulds and treated with antibiotics as best we could. This croc came to us so quickly out of the water for bait that we had to chase it off to set the snare. This indicates it was being fed by humans and hence a very dangerous and large apex predator not afraid of humans. Additionally, it is now obviously an easy target for poachers. This croc will need care for at least a month in the small habitat but can not, nor should not, be re-released into the wild. It will be killed for sure. Currently we do not have any room at out natural habitat sanctuary. We are in need of funding to build it a suitable enclosure.
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The Lodged Bullet in the Croc's Head
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We removed the Bullet
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DFC South Residents Helped
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The Wound
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Croc also Shot in the Hind Leg
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Moving the Croc in ACES Holding Pen
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Vince inspects the Leg Wounds
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We clean the Wounds
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Flushing Injuries
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We Applied Antibiotics
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Cleaning the Head Wound
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Applying Antibiotics to the Head Wound
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Releasing the Croc in a Holding Pen
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Recovering from the Capture
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The Croc Moves off Into the Water
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