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124 crocodiles suffocate in Mexico truck trip

/ 01:20 PM February 11, 2016
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An armed worker looks inside a tank holding baby crocodiles at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras on Nov. 4, 2015.  About 120 crocodiles suffocated to death while being transported from an animal farm in Mexico to a wildlife conservation facility. AP Photo

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — More than 120 crocodiles died from apparently suffocating and crushing each other while being transported across Mexico in a truck, authorities said Wednesday.

The wildlife company Cocodrilos Exoticos, based in the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo, could face a fine of between 50 to 50,000 days of minimum wage — $193 to $193,000, the environmental prosecutor’s office said.

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The 124 reptiles were among 350 Morelet’s crocodiles from another farm, Cocodrilos Mexicanos, located in the northwestern Pacific coast state of Sinaloa, the office said in a statement.

But inspectors discovered that 124 of the 350 specimens were dead when they arrived at the “Cocodrilia” wildlife conservation facility in the Caribbean coast town of Chetumal. There are 2,550 kilometers (1,580 miles) between the two cities.

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The crocodiles “presumably died from suffocation and being crushed during the trip,” the statement said.

Pictures released by the prosecutor’s office showed the large truck and a handful of dead crocodiles on the ground, including one with its neck twisted.

The company is accused of failing to guarantee “dignified treatment” for the animals under wildlife protection laws.

The Cocodrilia conservation site acquired nearly 5,000 crocodiles from the Sinaloa company.

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