Crocodile dumped outside pet shop finds happiness – and love – at Cleethorpes' Jungle Zoo
A YEAR after arriving at Cleethorpes' Jungle Zoo, Edith the crocodile has become one of the best loved creatures there – by humans and animals alike.
But her tale could have been one of crocodile tears after she was dumped outside a pet shop in Wolverhampton.
Since her rescue by the zoo a year ago, Edith – who has a bossy streak – has made her mark and even met her mate, Colin, who she has kept in line since their eyes met across the enclosure.
Manager Craig Gledhill is thrilled with her progress, and although she has a fiesty side – what crocodile doesn't – she is fast becoming a popular member of the family.
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He said: "We are so proud of her. She is a little dominant and sometimes steals Colin's food, but she has come on so much since we took her in and generally she gets on really well with the other crocodiles.
"What happened to Edith breaks my heart. She could have died because of someone else's selfishness. It is great to see her doing so well."
Formerly called Snappy, the Caiman croc was left on the doorstep of Wickid Pets on a cold December night last year – the fourth crocodile to be dumped there in 18 months.
Pet shop owner Jim Wicks was desperate to find her a new home, knowing she could be put to sleep.
Craig read of Edith's plight in the national newspapers and didn't think twice about adopting her.
She is now being trained and understands simple commands like "come here" and "stop".
Craig re-named her Edith after Colin and Edith from Radio One who he would listen to religiously during his days working at Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside.
Craig continued: "She has come on brilliantly, it is always worrying introducing a new animal to the zoo. You don't know how they are going to get on but she has been fantastic. She has been responding well to her training which is very important because it means we do not have to handle her and cause her stress. It also helps to change the perception of crocodiles from aggressive beasts to intelligent animals.
"Edith is definitely here to stay, even the people who do not like crocodillia are taking the time to stop and look. She has a real personality and is a pleasure to have."
Find out more by visiting www.thejunglezoo.co.uk.