Croc turns 113 after leaving his wild ways behind

2013-12-18 00:00

HENRY, the oldest living Nile crocodile at the Crocworld Conservation Centre, celebrated his 113th birthday on Monday, having survived no fewer than 10 wives during his lifetime.

“Henry weighs approximately between 500 to 600 kg and has a very relaxed personality and is very quiet. We do have other large males such as Colgate, who has a temper and is a very aggressive and protective crocodile,” Crocworld Conservation Centre manager Martin Rodrigues said, praising the birthday boy.

Henry, who has been at Crocworld Conservation Centre since March 27, 1985, enjoys chicken but is not known to turn his nose up at beef, pork and horse meat, said Rodrigues.

He celebrated his landmark birthday with more than 200 people who enjoyed the morning festivities with him and the centre’s employees.

“Most visitors are familiar with Henry and he is really a big attraction. We have had many visitors who come to Crocworld for excursions and family outings who remember Henry specifically and always come back to visit him.”

Since making Crocworld his home, Henry has seemingly left his man-eating wild ways behind and is living a life of luxury in his own pond, sun tanning and chilling with his now eight wives.

Rodrigues said the fact that Henry is no longer in the wild has given him the chance to live to this age.

“It is known that most animals can live for much longer in captivity versus the wild, as there is a constant supply of food, no competition and veterinary care, which increases their life expectancy.

“Henry spends a large amount of his time in the water or basking in the sun on the banks of his pond,” said Rodrigues.

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