A pair of Nile crocodile produced about 20 offspring at reptile park in Durban, South Africa, on February 28.
MUTE - NOVEMBER 1983
CUs Female crocodile digging nest. (3 SHOTS)
GV Fitzsimons Snake Park, Durban.
FEBRUARY 28, 1984
SV Female crocodile opening nest as baby crocodile emerges, removes baby from hole. (2 SHOTS)
CU Crocodile picks up baby. (3 SHOTS)
GV Baby crocodile in mother's mouth.
CU Another baby crocodile emerges, mother picks it up.
GV Crocodile entering water.
SV Crocodiles with babies in mouth releasing them into water.
CU Baby Crocodiles on water's edge, mother grabs baby ZOOM INTO CU baby crocodile in mother's mouth.
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Background: A pair of Nile crocodile produced about 20 offspring at reptile park in Durban, South Africa, on February 28. It was thought to be one of the first births of young crocodiles in captivity. A special enclosure had been prepared several months previously at the Fitzsimons Snake Park to provide the parents - called Charles and Di after Britain's Prince and Princess of Wales - with as near natural surroundings as possible. In November 1983, the female dug a nest to prepare for her eggs, which took 98 days to incubate. On February 28, she opened the nest and took the newly hatched crocodiles, thought to number about 20, to the nearby pool in her mouth. During the incubation period, the mother had kept a careful watch over the nest, covering it with her body during bad weather. Both she and the father are very attentive towards their young. The offspring are to stay with their parents for about a month, after which they will be removed to a smaller pool and fed on small mice and frogs. The adult crocodiles have been at the reptile park for 28 years and were only recently re-named after the British Royal couple.