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WorldCanberra Reptile Zoo break in sees freshwater crocodile, pythons stolen

08:30  19 july  2019
08:30  19 july  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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The owner of Canberra Reptile Zoo says he is at a loss after a three of his animals, including a young freshwater crocodile , were stolen in a break - in overnight.

Canberra Reptile Zoo break in sees freshwater crocodile, pythons stolen© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Juvenile crocodile Jaws Jr was stolen in the break in. (Facebook: Canberra Reptile Zoo) The owner of Canberra Reptile Zoo says he is at a loss after a three of his animals, including a baby freshwater crocodile, were stolen in a break in overnight.

Among the animals was a freshwater crocodile known as Jaws Jr, which owner and managing director Peter Child said was taken about 6:00am on Friday.

Two pythons, Tim Tam and Zebra were also stolen from their enclosure.

"Our security footage shows that they were targeting some of the display animals, two of our pythons, they went straight for those," he said.

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news, latest-news, canberra reptile zoo , stolen crocodile , pythons , crocodile , stolen python Two snakes and a crocodile have been stolen by an intruder to the Canberra Reptile Zoo in the early Mr Child said the intruder broke in through a back entrance to the zoo and targeted the snakes. The zoo 's founder said he missed the intruder by only a couple of minutes. "I saw our alarm go off, but

"Then they came back and removed a whole lot of products just to add insult to injury, they also removed our sound effects stereo and our register computer.

"And in all of that they also managed to pick up a tub in the back room which was actually holding a crocodile."

Mr Child said he was "fairly sure" the thief knew what he was taking, as he appeared to also steal supplies and equipment used to care for the animals.

He said the young crocodile would not last long without appropriate care.

"He is microchipped, so wherever he is and whenever he turns up he'll be identified straight away," Mr Child said.

"None of the animals that were taken are a danger to the public, but obviously if they're not cared for correctly, they are in danger of not surviving, particularly the freshwater crocodile.

"They can't go for very long without appropriate heating."

Mr Child said the animals stolen did not hold a high monetary value and that other more valuable reptiles had been left behind.

"This is not an animal that they can hide, it's going to turn up sooner or later," he said.

The break in came at one the zoo's busiest trading weeks, disrupting its operations during school holidays.

Mr Childs said he had reported the theft to police.

ACT Policing has been contacted for comment.

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