Siamese crocodile dies unexpectedly at Virginia Zoo

Makara died suddenly over the weekend at the Virginia Zoo. (Southside Daily/courtesy of the Virginia Zoo)
Makara died suddenly over the weekend at the Virginia Zoo. (Southside Daily/courtesy of the Virginia Zoo)

NORFOLK — The Virginia Zoo announced Monday the sudden death of one of its female Siamese crocodiles, Makara.

Makara, who was named via public vote in honor of Croctober 2019, was found unresponsive by zoo staff Saturday in the exhibit pool.

Makara was 12 years old.

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Animal care staff and keepers attempted to get her to respond to stimulation, then immediately pulled her out for further examination, zoo officials said in a Facebook post.

Nothing was able to be done, officials said.

The death was unexpected for zoo staff, who hadn’t seen any abnormal behavior from either of the crocodiles the day before, according to the zoo.

The other female crocodile, Shadie, has been eating normally and exhibiting natural behaviors.

Makara’s cause of death is pending test results.

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