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The world’s oldest Nile crocodile in captivity recently celebrated his 121st birthday.

Not only is Henry the oldest, but he is also one of the biggest crocodiles at the Crocworld Conservation Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.

Henry, who celebrated his birthday on 16 December, weighs 500 kilograms and is five metres long.

The Centre’s conservation manager, James Wittstock, told the Natal Witness that the crocodile arrived at the centre in 1985.

“Henry has been a resident at Crocworld since 1985 when he was already an impressive 85 years of age. His birthday is always such a wonderful occasion and a great excuse for everyone to get down to Crocworld to meet the animals.”

Currently, Henry lives with six female crocodiles. During his time at Crocworld, he has fathered more than 10 000 offspring.

According to Wikipedia, Nile crocodiles are a very aggressive species of crocodiles and are capable of taking almost any animal within their range. They are ambush predators that can wait for hours, days, and even weeks for a suitable moment to attack.

Image credit: Crocworld

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