Baby crocodile stolen from Kimberley wildlife park
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Baby crocodile stolen from Kimberley wildlife park

Updated

August 19, 2019 18:07:14

Police have been called in after the suspected theft of a baby crocodile from a popular wildlife park in northern Western Australia.

Key points:

  • Eight baby crocodiles were handed out during a public feeding and only seven returned
  • There are concerns for the animal’s welfare
  • Police appeal for its return to the crocodile park

Cinnamon, 15 months old and around 40cm long, was one of several baby and juvenile crocodiles handed out during a public feeding at Broome’s Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park, 16km north of the tourist town, on Friday afternoon.

“There were eight crocodiles which got handed around during a keeper presentation at the start of the tour,” Broome Police Sergeant Trent Langthorn said.

“But only seven of the crocodiles were returned.”

Sergeant Langthorn said the theft had left park staff deeply upset, with the young animals requiring specialist care.

Concern for welfare

The babies are also a si