February 11, 2011

Cyclone Yasi Traumatized Aussie Crocs

Bob Flemming from Townsville's Billabong Sanctuary in Australia's northeast told AFP that 12 saltwater crocodiles, some more than 13 feet long, took days to recover from the recent maximum-strength cyclone.

Tropical Cyclone Yasi so traumatized the reptiles that they hid under water and stopped eating, wildlife park officials said Friday. 

Flemming continued by claiming the sanctuary did not lose any animals during Australia's worst storm in nearly a century, which remarkably also failed to cause any direct human casualties.

"Lots of trees came down on the aviary and some birds, including wedgetail eagles, flew away but they have since returned home," he concluded.


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