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Re: Lucky 2

Posted by Sylvia on May 21, 2008, 7:26 am, in reply to "Re: Lucky 2"

Lucky 2 had adopted us for the last few days, He was a friendly blonde shepherd/lab/mutt mix, waiting at the gate in the morning. He took beach walks with any and all friendly people. He played with the local beach dogs and was so special that Michael and I even talked about how we could adopt him. But he was obviously someone's pet. We thought he had gotten separated from his family.

But the crocodile issue is a real concern. I lived on an island in Florida that had alligators in a very similar situation to what we have in La Manz.

What we discovered --- the hard way --- in Florida is that if humans began to feed the alligators, alligators would then begin to associate humans with food. So if you didn't throw the fish chum out, well, no problem. They would just eat you.

If the crocodiles are eating dogs the size of Lucky 2 (the size of a small Lab) right at the lagoon, I would also be concerned for the safety of the children, too. And adults.

It's not a problem that can be undone easily. Once it's in the 'memory bank' of the crocodiles, it takes generations to change that thought.

I don't know how to get that information to the village leaders, but feeding the crocodiles is probably a REALLY bad idea.

In Florida, once the first person got injured, the kneejerk reaction was to start killing the alligators instead of acknowledging that humans had created the problem. It took years to resolve. I would hate to see that happen here.



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