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Rock-a-bye baby crocodilian.

Rock-a-bye baby crocodilian

These broad-snouted caimans are what's new at the Bronx (N.Y.) Zoo.

Eighteen of the endangered members of the crocodilian order were hatched last month from two different moms given to the Bronx Zoo by Japan's Atagawa Tropical Gardens. Their birthdays mark the first time a second generation of exotic crocodilian has been bred in a zoo. While the baby caimans are a handful now, they'll grow to be 9 feet long and will weigh as much as 150 pounds. Zoo officials hope to eventually return future generations of broad-snouted caimans and other rare reptile species to the wild. The zoo has also successfully bred other crocodilians, including the Chinese alligator, the Malayan false garial, the Siamese crocodile, the Cuban crocodile and the Yacare caiman.
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Title Annotation:baby caimans at Bronx Zoo
Publication:Science News
Date:Aug 15, 1987
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