Suffocating road trip kills 124 crocodiles

Photos released by prosecutor's office show a handful of dead crocodiles

Mexico City: More than 120 crocodiles died from supposedly suffocating and crushing each other while being transported across Mexico in a truck, authorities said yesterday.

The wildlife company Cocodrilos Exoticos, based in the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo, could face a fine of between 50 to 50,000 days of minimum wage - $193 to $1,93,000, the environmental prosecutor's office said.

But inspectors discovered that 124 of the 350 specimens were dead when they arrived at the Cocodrilia wildlife conservation facility in the Caribbean coast town of Chetumal.

The crocodiles "presumably died from suffocation and being crushed during the trip," the statement said. Pictures released by the prosecutor’s office showed the large truck and a handful of dead crocodiles on the ground, including one with its neck twisted.

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