CrocTalk reptiles on the move to new homes

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KELOWNA - Over half of CrocTalk’s animals are on the move and heading for a new home.

Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo is reporting in a Facebook post 10 of the 18 crocodilians boarded a Westjet flight in Vancouver this morning bound for Ottawa.

“Stay tuned for photos of them being uncrated in Ottawa and us comfirming their safe arrival,” Little Ray says in his post.

That includes six Yacare caimans, two broad-snout caimans, one dwarf crocodile and a Cuiver’s dwarf caiman, which cost $3,000 to transport. Left behind in Kelowna are four American alligators and four spectacled caimans.

The animals will be held in Ottawa until the necessary export permits are in place. The six Yacare caimans have a home wating for the in the United Kingdom.

Little Ray says it has covered the shortfall in fundraising required to move the reptiles. A fundraising page set up by Little Ray has raised $1,695, well short of the $12,000 needed to move them all.

Movement of the reptiles was made necessary as the result of financial and permitting problems for Doug Illman, who operated CrocTalk from a property in East Kelowna.

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