The last-day performance of a giant crocodile dwelling in a crocodile farm in Madou, Tainan on Sunday attracted a great many visitors as it will be leaving for a zoo in China very soon.
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Wei-cher prepared 100 milkfish bellies for Shiao-he, the nickname of the reptile, to relish, hoping it will miss the Taiwanese special after it arrives in China.
As the news had spread Sunday is the last to see Shiao-he and the admission is free, many tourists had been waiting at the door of the crocodile farm in the morning before it opened. The place where the gigantic crocodile was shown was later jam-packed with crowds of visitors, who took the last opportunities to take photos and listen to owner Chiu Shi-he’s guide.
A guitar band, which had performed at the same place for the first time four years ago, sang the song “Any song reminds you of me?” to Shiao-he to bid farewell to their acquaintance, showing their lingering affection towards the animal and wishing it will also live a good life in China.
Huang fed Shiao-he by throwing one milk belly after another into its mouth with traces of fear on his face, inciting a lot of laughter from the crowds.
Huang said he hoped Shiao-he will miss Taiwan’s milk fish, so the new owner will import the fish from Taiwan and help Taiwan’s economy.
Chiu said Shiao-he, which is 5.8 meters in length and weighs 1,250 kilograms, has been in the farm for 31 years, so he has deep affection with the crocodile. But as a private zoo is not easy to maintain, Shiao-he will be sent to a zoo in China, he said. He said he will go to China to take care of Shiao-he to help it adapt to the new environment.
However, reports said as the Animal Protection Act prohibits animal performances, the crocodile farm in Madou is closing at the end of July.