Press Release: 01/10/2013
Update on Caiman Seized in InvestigationContact:
|Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR|
|(510) 632-9525 x130|
On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, Alameda County Sherrifs contacted Oakland Zoo about a dwarf caiman that was seized during a probation compliance check. The five-foot long caiman, which resembles an alligator, arrived at the Zoo critically ill and non-responsive. Veterinary staff examined the animal, took blood samples, and determined his prognosis was poor. On the morning of Thursday, January 10, 2013, Zoo veterinarian Dr. Karen Emanuelson confirmed the caiman expired overnight.
Caimans are native to tropical regions of Central and South America, where they live near rivers, streams, and bodies of water. Caimans average about four to six feet in length. They resemble alligators in appearance and have long, thick tails and elongated snouts.
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