Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Shock as croc spotted in Gonzales Bay!
"If I hadn't seen it myself I wouldn't have believed it" whispered local resident Ms. Sandy Divan."I immediately called the Victoria Animal Control Services – but discovered that Officers do not respond to wildlife matters unless a domestic animal is involved" she said. Luckily the Mainland news media happened to be at the Animal Control offices doing a story on pet adoption, so they decided to investigate the situation at the Bay themselves (croc in circled area).The public had to keep their distance. However this photo clearly reveals the uninvited beach visitor:"Brutus" is credited with being the first to bravely bark a warning.The news team called the Victoria Animal Control back and this time mentioned the mental trauma endured by Brutus as a result of his encounter with the croc. Fortunately the call was put in after 9:00 AM and before 5:00 PM which fell within their mandate for investigating nuisance matters. And since they were now aware that a local canine citizen was involved they were obliged to respond.Unfortunately, by the time Animal Control Services arrived, the morose beast had slipped away into the waters of the Bay. One of the attending officers (who wishes to remain anonymous) thinks that it may have been someone's pet, likely from one of the houses that surround the Bay, that had gotten loose. "Sadly, this sort of thing happens all the time. Home owners too busy enjoying their views to pay proper attention to where their pets are at. It's not going to be easy on it though" he said. "These waters are pretty cold at this time of year...well, most times of the year actually."