Crocodile Moved from Dry Tortugas National Park

The Dry Tortugas sounds like one of the more interestingly weird National Parks. It’s also a tough one to get to. In the book I recently reviewed, Lassoing the Sun, the author spent a week camping on the island and it sounded relaxing and different.

One of the visitors who has been there for 14 years was a crocodile named Cleatus. No one knows how he got there or why, but he got there and stayed there. But, no longer.

A crocodile has been relocated to the Everglades after getting too friendly with food-bearing visitors.

The Miami Herald reports park staff and Florida wildlife officials lassoed the American crocodile named Cleatus, taped its mouth shut and loaded it into a sea plane Sunday. Cleatus was released Monday in Everglades National Park.

Tortugas park manager Glenn Simpson said they took the safety of tourists and the health of the croc into consideration before moving it.

Has to be quite the shock for the croc!


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