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2009-05-13 06:15:00

Environmentalists fear that a surge in demand for crocodile skins in Nigeria could threaten the reptiles with extinction. Indeed, business is booming at Ismail Dauda's crocodile tannery in Northern Nigeria. Dauda, 35, followed his father Maifata into the family business of tanning crocodile and python pelts when he was just 15.   The tannery, located in the old part of Nigeria's main northern city of Kano, "processes" up to 20,000 animals in a good month. "We have been tanning...

2008-06-27 12:00:49

It was a saltwater crocodile, a man-eating species that can grow to 15ft. This one was still a baby at 2ft and appeared friendly, but the folk in the Noonamah Tavern played it safe and taped its mouth. Sarah Sparre, the barmaid, said: "It's not every day you see something like that. You could say that we were a bit surprised. He was pretty easy-going. But we weren't going to test him out." The visitor may have escaped from a crocodile farm a few miles away, near Darwin. After entertaining...

2008-06-27 09:01:09

By Kathy Marks Not much happens in the Northern Territory town of Noonamah (population 483), so when a crocodile wandered into the pub car park, the drinkers invited it in. It was a saltwater crocodile, a man-eating species that can grow to 15ft. This one was still a baby at 2ft and appeared friendly, but the folk in the Noonamah Tavern played it safe and taped its mouth. Sarah Sparre, the barmaid, said: "It's not every day you see something like that. You could say that we were a bit...

2005-09-28 08:10:00

VOLTA REDONDA, Brazil -- When high costs and low prices drained income from her family's dairy farm, Nina Collard made a snappy decision. She swapped the cows for crocodiles. After seven years of investing in the pioneering project to breed rare broad-nosed cayman crocodiles in captivity, the farm sent the first batch of 150 reptiles to the butcher this year. With one square centimeter (0.15 square inch) of cayman crocodile skin, used to make footwear and purses, costing nearly $2 and a...

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2005-07-22 07:15:00

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- A writhing mass of crocodiles slithers out of a muddy pond, the animals snapping their blood-spattered jaws shut on hunks of raw horsemeat and gulping them down in one. For the group of onlookers standing right in front of the carnage, with no fence to protect them, it is hard to trust the guide's assurances that the crocodiles are too well-fed to bother attacking. Luis Reyes, manager of the Cocodrilos Continental crocodile farm in northwestern Honduras, hopes...


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reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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