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Crocodile makes an appearance at papal audience

January 11, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI, who routinely greets special guests after each public audience on Wednesday, was introduced to a very unusual visitor on January 11: a Cuban crocodile.

The crocodile, a member of an endangered species, was brought to the papal audience by staff members of a Roman zoo, which was celebrating its centenary. Observers at the papal audience reported that the Pontiff was friendly toward the staff members, but unenthusiastic about the reptile.

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