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Crocodile stays off dinner table

A suspected wild estuarine crocodile headed for a Zhabei District restaurant's dinner plate was saved and is in safe hands at the Shanghai Zoo, local wildlife watchdogs said yesterday.

Officials with the Shanghai Wildlife Protection Office said people reported the restaurant was selling living crocodiles, and police were called. They found one crocodile there.

"The restaurant said the crocodile was bought from an aquatic production market," said an official surnamed Huo with the office. "Experts with the Shanghai Zoo came, and their inspection found the animal looked very much like an estuarine crocodile."

Huo said experts are still examining the reptile to confirm its species. He said estuarine crocodiles are exotic species, and have status as second-class protected animals in China.


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