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Ukraine Godzilla Croc Dies After 6 Months On The Run; 'He Simply Cannot Be Buried'

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DONETSK, Ukraine -- A crocodile that escaped from a travelling circus in Ukraine and evaded capture for six months died on Friday after two days back in captivity, officials said.

"The crocodile was lying in the water and suddenly he just floated to the surface," Oleksander Soldatov of Ukraine's Emergencies Ministry said in the eastern city of Donetsk.

"We pulled it out of the water and the body felt all cold. It seems clear he was alive before and just died."

Ministry officials, unsure whether the crocodile was comatose or dead, had earlier called in a vet to examine the reptile. Nicknamed Godzilla or Godzi, it was captured alive this week after escaping from a travelling circus in May.

It had been spotted several times lurking around industrial sites near the city of Mariupol, on the coast of the Sea of Azov. But it repeatedly eluded search teams.

It was finally found basking in a pool at a thermal power station, where the water was warmer than the nearby sea.

The crocodile, which was over a metre (yard) long, was then taken 100 km (60 miles) by car to Donetsk where it was freed into a fire service tank.

The crocodile's owner, quoted by the daily Segodnya, said he could only collect it on Monday because of circus commitments.

Soldatov said Godzilla would be cremated.

"This is an exotic animal. He simply cannot be buried," he said.

source: http://africa.reuters.com

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2 people have commented so far. cloud add your comment

i would like to invite your circus to Ghana, west Africa on contract base of 6 months.if you show any interest please contact me on hawatfadi at hotmail.com. looking forward to hear from you.yours faithfully:fadi hawat. thank you.
   comment# 1   - fadi hawat · accra,ghana · Feb 21, 2008 @ 12:58pm

I feel personaly that if the croc was on the run for six months that someone should have gotten the hint that it did not want to be in capitivity
   comment# 2   - lis · orlando florida · Jun 12, 2008 @ 12:40pm
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