A ten-foot crocodile believed to have killed a man in Belize City this week has been captured and will be euthanized according to local radio reports. The large and well-fed crocodile was captured last night by Vince Rose, a U.S. immigrant who runs the local American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, ACES, based on Ambergris Caye.
The crocodile is believed to be the one that attacked and killed a resident of Lord’s Bank on the outskirts of Belize City earlier this week. Rose told the media: “This is the croc; – it’s pretty aggressive. I got into the water, and it charged me, so I am pretty sure that this is the croc.”
Forty-seven old Carl Diaz was fishing in a pond near the village on Monday afternoon when he was attacked and dragged into the water by a large crocodile according to eye witnesses. His body was later recovered. Crocodiles are a protected species in Belize and the swampy areas around Belize City have been the scene of several fatalities caused by crocodiles in recent years. Both the American Crocodile and the Morelet’s Crocodile, also known as the Mexican Crocodile, make Belize their home.