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Surviving Siamese crocodile blessed by monk

Posted on: 26.01.12 (Last edited) 14 February 2012
Siamese crocodile Rathana counts his blessings. Credit: Jeremy Holden/FFI

Siamese crocodile Rathana counts his blessings. Credit: Jeremy Holden/FFI

Infant mortality is high in most species, but baby Rathana, the sole survivor of the first captive bred Siamese crocodiles in Phnom Tamao’s new breeding facility, is being given all the help the Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project can muster. For three months he lived in a special enclosure in the garden of Fauna & Flora International’s Phnom Penh office. Now he is getting bigger and able to look after himself he has been moved to the facility’s brand new rearing ponds. To give him that extra boost, and ensure that the Gods are on his side, a monk from the local pagoda dropped by to give him and his new home a blessing.

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Jeremy Holden

Jeremy Holden is a photographer and field biologist who has worked in association with Fauna & Flora International since 1995. He specialises in camera trapping rare and cryptic animals in the rainforests of Southeast Asia.

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