A Cuban crocodile on the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Critically Endangered species list on March 30, 2019, died of shock and stress from noise at an event taking place at the Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa in India.
The Sheraton is built next to a crocodile bank, and it holds numerous events. The loud noise coming from the parties affects the endangered species who live in the banks.
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust/Centre for Herpetology Facebook page posted about the incident. They said loud music which coincided with another party made things worse.
The post said that there is no doubt the crocodile died because of stress which was caused by vibrations. Several precedents show this from different zoos abroad.
The enclosure for the Cuban crocodile is about 50 feet from a wall that divides the hotel from the crocodile bank. The hi-fidelity music speakers were placed next to it.
Romulus Whitaker, the “Snake Man” of India and the Padma Shri awardee who works at Madras Croc Bank, said a few months ago that the events happening at the Sheraton Hotel were dangerous.
He said the decibel levels of the music regularly exceed what is legal. On one day, decibel levels at the Croc Bank ranged from 85 to `40. Legally, during the daytime and after 6 pm, the level must be 55.
The crocodile that died had no medical issues or illness history. It was also one of the last four females of that species.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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