Mexico catches croc that killed 10-year-old boy

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Associated Press

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 7:03 AM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Animal protection authorities in Mexico say they have captured a 13-foot-long (4-meter) crocodile that killed a 10-year-old boy.

The office of the Attorney General for Environmental Protection says the boy was playing with his brother in an area more than 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the croc's natural habitat.

The crocodile was captured Sunday in the southern state of Oaxaca. The reptile bit the boy's head Friday before releasing him and fleeing.

The office says the crocodile may have been swept downriver by unusually heavy rains.

Authorities have found 28 crocs in urban areas hit by recent floods from Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid.

The reptile involved in the killing was relocated to a protected natural area for crocodiles.

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