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Retired is rescued by Fidel Castro’s crocodile in Sweden

Retired is rescued by Fidel Castro's crocodile in Sweden

  • The man in his 70s & 70s was bitten by crocodiles in the aquarium in Stockholm on Tuesday evening
  • Police say he had his arm on the wrong side of safety glass before he was attacked
  • Reptile is one of two Cuban crocodiles in the aquarium, which Fidel Castro gave to a Russian cosmonaut in the 70s before being brought to Sweden
  • Aquarium says the attack is the first of its kind and the police are investigating

A pensioner has been rescued by a crocodile that once belonged to Cuban leader Fidel Castro in a Swedish aquarium.

The man, in his 70s & 70s, was attacked Tuesday night during a private party at the Skansen Aquarium in Stockholm, local media said.

Police said the man's arm & # 39; on the wrong side of the safety glass & # 39; when he was bitten by one of the two Cuban crocodiles in the case

A man in his 70s & 70s was taken to hospital on Tuesday evening after his arm was bitten by a crocodile that was once donated by Fidel Castro to a Russian cosmonaut in an aquarium in Sweden

A man in his 70s & 70s was taken to hospital on Tuesday evening after his arm was bitten by a crocodile that was once donated by Fidel Castro to a Russian cosmonaut in an aquarium in Sweden

He was taken to the hospital with his arm & # 39; heavily connected & # 39; although the exact extent of his injuries is unclear.

Researchers are now talking to the man, the zoo staff, and witnessing to find out what happened. The aquarium said this is the first incident of its kind.

Skansen is home to two Cuban crocodiles – the rarest and most aggressive crocodile species on the planet – called Castro and Hillary.

The reptiles began their lives in Cuba before they were donated by Castro to Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Shatalov when they were babies in 1974.

Shatalov flew missions as part of the Soyuz program and the crocodiles were intended as an expression of communist solidarity between Cuba and the Soviet Union.

He is said to have kept the reptiles in his apartment in Moscow until they became too large, before donating them to the city's zoo in 1981.

Due to the lack of adequate facilities to care for the crocodiles, they were transferred from Moscow to Skansen the same year.

They are now one of the star attractions in the aquarium and also act as an important breeding pair for the species to survive.

In 2015, ten babies from Castro and Hillary were transported from Sweden to Cuba to try and strengthen the population, which rapidly declined due to loss of habitat and crossing with the American crocodile.

Cuban crocodiles can live well into the 80s and will continue to breed throughout their lives.

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