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11 baby saltwater crocodiles broke out of the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park in Broome, Western Australia last January. It is believed the reptiles escaped through a portion of the parks fence that was damaged in a cyclone last year. Two of them were recently found by a couple of women who were walking with their children on Cable Beach last week . While the babies are currently too small to do any harm to humans, they aren’t big enough to defend themselves from other predators which has rescue officials still on the lookout for the rest of them.
Park owner Valerie Douglas told ABC,
“Everything’s under control and we are making changes so it doesn’t happen again. The 11 hatchlings escaped from a nest that was missed by staff when they were collecting eggs in January, and some of them got away.”
This isn’t the first time crocodiles have escaped from the same park. Just recently, a juvenile croc was found in a storm drain near the park. After a break-in at the site in 2016, at least six crocodiles went missing with one run over by a car near the facility, and another found swimming in a residential pool nearby. A 15-month-old crocodile named Cinnamon went missing back in 2019 and has yet to be found by authorities.
Watch the video below for some history and a tour of the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park.