50 crocodiles seized at Heathrow airport

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Image caption The particular crocodiles were intended for a plantation in Cambridgeshire, where they were to become bred for meat

Fifty crocodiles have been seized at Heathrow airport terminal after their transport conditions breached regulations.

The year-old reptiles, which arrived on a trip from Malaysia, had fought one another during the journey due to their cramped situations.

Each of the five transport boxes used had room regarding four crocodiles – but ten foot-long animals were in each one of these.

A Border Push spokesman said “little attention” have been paid to the crocodiles’ welfare.

One crocodile has given that died.

The creatures had been destined for a farm within Cambridgeshire – where they were to become bred for meat – yet are now being cared for by officials through the Convention on International Trade within Endangered Species (CITES).

The remaining 49 crocodiles will be re-homed, a Home Office statement said.

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Image caption 50 crocodiles were transported from Malaysia but one has since died

Grant Miller, mind of the national Border Force CITES team at Heathrow, said: “It is just not acceptable for reptiles to become transported in this way. ”

He added: “We will catch anything that contravenes CITES regulations, which means this should serve as a warning to people thinking about transporting wildlife in such circumstances. ”