Chinese police seized 399 baby Siamese crocodiles from a house in southern China…Siamese crocodiles are one of the most critically endangered species of crocodilians on the planet. In 1992, they were virtually extinct in the wild, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, though later a few surviving but fragmented populations were discovered. The freshwater crocodiles are native to Southeast Asia but most likely remain only in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand…
Though nearly extinct in the wild, about 60,000 Siamese crocodiles are farmed each year for leather products such as handbags, shoes, and accessories…
These baby crocs were likely about 15 days old, and Chinese police say they believe they came from Vietnam, destined to be killed for leather products once they grew big enough.
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