Surviving Siamese crocodile blessed by monk

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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