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Godzik the crocodile dies after capture: Ukraine ministry

 

Fri Nov 30, 3:39 PM ET

A small Nile crocodile that had escaped from a Ukrainian circus died on Friday, two days after its capture in a bay in Ukraine, the emergency situations ministry announced.

“Godzik”, a diminutive of Godzilla, the fictional Japanese monster, “died in the morning, then he was incinerated,” ministry regional chief Andri Bondarenko told AFP.

On May 31 Godzik escaped from his cage at the Donetsk Circus, where he was on display by the Azov Sea and bolted into the water.

The 20-centimetre (8-inch) reptile took refuge on a barge in the Azov Sea, where he sunbathed all summer, without scaring other sunbathers.

In autumn, he was protected from the cold by a steel mill that discharged hot water into the bay.

Godzik was captured on Wednesday and the emergency situations ministry was in charge of his care until his owner could come get him.

 

Officials in tears over comatose crocodile
Fri Nov 30, 12:10 PM ET - Reuters

Ukrainian officials summoned a vet Friday to determine whether a crocodile, captured after six months on the run, was comatose or dead.

“The crocodile is showing no signs of life. We are not specialists and, to be honest, we don’t know whether it’s dead or alive,” Nikolai Ranga of Ukraine’s Emergencies Ministry said in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

“The vet is coming to see the crocodile tomorrow.”

The crocodile, nicknamed Godzilla or Godzi, was captured alive this week after escaping from a traveling circus in May.

The reptile had been spotted several times lurking around industrial sites near the city of Mariupol, on the coast of the Sea of Azov. But it repeatedly eluded search teams.

It was finally found basking in a pool at a thermal power station, where the water was warmer than the nearby sea.

Ranga said the crocodile was then taken 100 km (60 miles) by car to Donetsk where it was freed into a fire service tank.

“We did what the specialists told us and poured in water at about 25 degrees (77 Fahrenheit),” he said. “We really do not know what to do next.”

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