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150 Crocodiles in Home Rescued After Owner Admits Overwhelm

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A reptile farm took 150 crocodiles, alligators, and caimans from a Toronto home after their owner became overwhelmed. (©Anduca/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 14 Aug 2015 03:19 PM

A man who was living with 150 crocodiles, alligators, and caimans in his Toronto, Canada, home, most of them full-sized adults, became overwhelmed and asked a nearby reptile farm for help.

The man, who has not been identified, contacted the Indian River Reptile Zoo near Peterborough, Ontario, to get some help with the reptiles, CBC reported.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," Bry Loyst, of Indian River, told CBC. "I could not believe that somebody had that many crocodilians and raised them to adulthood. These were not baby little crocodiles. They were adults."

Loyst said he thought the man started buying the crocodiles as a business, but kept them because "he fell in love with the crocodiles and kept them as pets." He told CBC that it’s not unusual for people to call him because they bought a crocodile or alligator when it was a baby but they couldn’t handle it as it became full-sized.

The man made a large donation to the zoo, CBC said, which took the reptiles in and has located them in a "huge" indoor space that also has access to the outdoors.

Loyst told ABC News the man kept the reptiles in aquariums, and said the individual realized that the situation had gotten out of control.

"He did the wrong thing by buying these crocodiles, he did an idiotic thing by buying 150 of them, but he did the right thing by donating the money and animals to a proper place that can care for them," Loyst told ABC.

The reptile zoo had added a $1 million building to house rescued crocodiles, which gave the facility room to keep those taken from the Toronto home.

To transport the large number of crocodiles, Loyst told CBC he bought Sonotubes, the “large cardboard tubes used as concrete forms in building construction.” After blocking the openings with wood, Loyst and a team of volunteers loaded the reptiles into the tubes, which he told CBC was a safe way to transport them.

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