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Endangered Crocodile Shot Dead After Biting Zoo Caregiver

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Endangered Crocodile Shot Dead After Biting Zoo Caregiver

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A crocodile of an endangered species was shot dead after biting the caregiver's arm at a zoo in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Zurich Zoo authorized the shooting that killed a crocodile after it bit the caregiver's arm and did not appear to intend to release it. According to the Swiss organ, Swissinfo, the caregiver of the animal had to be hospitalized and submitted to a surgical intervention.

The animal was an endangered Philippine crocodile with only about 250 wild specimens remaining. This species of crocodile is relatively small, measuring only about 1.5 meters and weighing around 15 pounds.

It all happened Monday night when the caregiver separated the male while cleaning the room. The zoo employee was bitten by the crocodile and stuck in her mouth for several minutes. It is unclear why the animal attacked it.

Zoo director Alex Rübel told the Keystone News Agency that this was the first time he had had an animal slaughtered in over 30 years of career. There remains a female of the Philippine crocodile in the Swiss Zoo.

Philippine crocodiles are on the brink of extinction not only for hunting, but also for habitat destruction. It is considered, according to the Newsweek, one of the most endangered species in the world, with less than 100 adult specimens remaining.

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