Rare crocodile eggs hatched In this Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, photo provided by The Wildlife Conservation Society and Fisheries Administration, Siamese baby crocodiles swim in a bin at the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center in Koh Kong, Cambodia. (Wildlife Conservation Society and Fisheries Administration via AP)
Rare crocodile eggs hatched
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Nine eggs of an endangered crocodile species were found in the wild in June. They were taken to a conservation center in southern Cambodia. Now they have hatched.  Conservationists made this announcement Tuesday.

The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and Cambodia's Fisheries Administration said the eggs of nine Siamese crocodiles have hatched at the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center. This came after the eggs had been retrieved from the wild to protect them from poachers and predators.

The WCS says the crocodile has an estimated global population of around 410. It is only found in five countries. Those include Cambodia and Malaysia. They also include Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The greatest number are in Cambodia. The species is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. This is because its numbers are rapidly shrinking.

The discovery was made in June. It was the first Siamese crocodile nest recorded in six years of research and protection in Koh Kong's Sre Ambel area.

The conservation center was established by the two organizations. They safeguard endangered reptiles such as Siamese crocodiles and Royal turtles.

"We will take care of these hatchlings until they are able to survive in nature on their own,” said Som Sitha. He is WCS's technical adviser for the Sre Ambel Conservation Project. He said: "We will then release some to the wild. Others will be kept for breeding."

His colleague is Tun Sarorn. She is caretaker of Royal turtles and Siamese crocodiles at the center. She excited about the hatchlings.

"I am so excited to see these hatchlings. It is the first time I have taken care of them since arriving at the center," she said. "Before seeing them, I was surprised to hear their voices from inside the eggs. It was amazing. I felt so happy because I realized they are coming out. I will feed them all in the next few days with small fish and frogs."

A different conservation group, WWF-Cambodia, separately announced encouraging news about another endangered species. The Irrawaddy, or Mekong, dolphin, has a worldwide population of about 7,000. Ninety percent are in Bangladesh. In Cambodia and Laos, there are an estimated 80 adults in the Mekong River. WWF-Cambodia announced Tuesday that from January through this week, they recorded two dolphin deaths and eight births. This is an improvement over the same period last year. There were four deaths and four births last year.

"More than ever, there is hope to believe it is possible to reverse the trend of the Mekong Dolphin decline," the group said in a statement.

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COMMENTS (53)
  • kendalm-hol
    8/25/2017 - 10:32 a.m.

    The crocodiles are considered rare because its species is shrinking. They are critically endangered.

  • hannahh-hol1
    8/25/2017 - 10:32 a.m.

    These crocodiles are considered rare because they are Siamese crocodiles and are only found in 5 countries. Also their population is about 410, and the crocodiles nest was the 1st one found in 6 years.

  • bradenb-hol1
    8/25/2017 - 10:33 a.m.

    Because in the article it said it was the first Siamese crocodile nest recorded in six years of research.

  • jamesb-hol1
    8/25/2017 - 10:33 a.m.

    These crocodiles are rare because they haven't found a nest for over 6 years. There is also only 410 in this world.

  • coreyd-hol
    8/25/2017 - 10:33 a.m.

    The species is listed as critically endangered because its numbers are rapidly shrinking by poachers and other animals eating the eggs or killing them for there scales.

  • hansg-hol
    8/25/2017 - 10:33 a.m.

    These crocodiles are considered rare because their global population is estimated to be around 410. With low numbers like this, they would be considered very rare and exciting to see in the wild.

  • davidc-hol2
    8/25/2017 - 10:33 a.m.

    Their are 401 crocodile found in five countries and their numbers are rapidly shrinking each year.

  • parkern-hol
    8/25/2017 - 10:34 a.m.

    there are only 410 in 5 countries.

  • victoriai-hol
    8/25/2017 - 10:34 a.m.

    The're being poached so they are becoming extinct, that is why they are so rare.

  • paigeg-hol
    8/25/2017 - 10:35 a.m.

    These crocodiles are considered rare because there species is rapidly shrinking.

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