Captured caiman settling in at Toronto-area reptile zoo

Reptilia's Lee Parker is pictured as he caught a caiman in a High Park area pond. (MICHAEL PEAKE,...

Reptilia's Lee Parker is pictured as he caught a caiman in a High Park area pond. (MICHAEL PEAKE, Toronto Sun)

Maryam Shah, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:06 AM ET

TORONTO ─ A caiman captured in a High Park-area pond on Monday is currently in quarantine at a reptile zoo north of Toronto.

"It seems to have settled in well overnight," said Lee Parker, manager of Reptilia.

Parker snuck up behind the 18-month-old caiman ─ a type of crocodile native to Central and South America ─ and grabbed the reptile in the pond on Monday as spectators looked on.

"We're not sure (yet) if it's a male or female," Parker said, adding the animal has signs of old injuries.

"It's missing one toe on each foot," he said. "The tip of its tail is missing and it also has an old scar on the side of its belly."

The injuries and scars likely come from time spent in an enclosure with other caimans, Parker said.


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