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Ripley the Morelet’s Crocodile Euthanized June 1, 2010

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Press Release – American Crocodile Education Sanctuary – June 1, 2010 – A bright new bird chirping morning it is in the jungle here in Punta Gorda, but a very sad one too. Ripley, the tortured Morelet’s Crocodile the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) and the Belize Forest Department rescued from Corozal in April, will have to be euthanized today.

    The stress Ripley endured, along with the severity of his injuries has caused him to contract septicemia. Ripley is now suffering and death is inevitable. ACES takes condolence in knowing that at least Ripley got to spend his last few weeks swimming around and interacting with other crocs, as opposed to dying chained to a tree in the surf of the Corozal Bay as a spectacle. Although he is very sick, he still kept his individual croc personality. Few got to see him, and those that did felt his anguish and prayed he’d recover. One could look beyond Ripley’s ’empty eyes’ and actually see the life he so effortlessly tried to cling onto, making one feel the need inside them to be alive.

    The question we here at ACES now have to ask ourselves, are we holding onto him for his benefit of survival or for our indefinable reasons of selfishness? It is time to say goodbye to one of Gods dearest creatures and we hope and pray that his strength to survive can teach the people of Belize how fortunate they are to have this magnificent species in their waters and to take pride in all the wildlife that is found here; for each species, however minute or dangerous, plays a vital role in their very existence by keeping Belize’s precious environment in balance.

    ACES asks that everyone who reads this, no matter what country you live in, take a moment today to stop and take in this amazing World we live in; and how just like Ripley, no matter what bad we do to it as humans, it struggles to survive to keep us alive. And remember, that if we don’t start changing our behaviors collectively to treat it with more pride, someday, it too will no longer exist.

    As a result, and due to being unequipped to properly tend to the severity of Ripley’s injuries, combined with the exhausting search of relatively minimal funding available for crocodiles (which I attribute to their lack of fur), ACES is willing to try to start a modern facility in Punta Gorda to treat wildlife and local pets, a HUMANE Society. ACES owners will give the use of a personally owned concrete building in PG Town toward the cause if we can get enough supports to make this facility come true. If humanity to animals is the lesson of this story, let’s start with all the neglected pets due to poverty and lack of availability of assistance and materials. And once such a facility is in place, someday it may also save the life a wild croc, or a wild fox like Foxie. 

    Thank you, with all our aching hearts at ACES, to all of you who assisted with Ripley’s rescue, the rescues of all the crocs here at ACES, and all of you who support and have assisted directly and indirectly with ACES’s Croc-Crusade. 

Rest in peace our dear friend, Ripley. 

http://www.americancrocodilesanctuary.org

Other stories about Ripley can be found at:

http://sanpedrosun.blogspot.com/2010/04/tortured-and-left-for-dead-aces-rescues.html

http://sanpedrosun.blogspot.com/2010/05/ripleys-last-chance.html

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Headline News: Man dead after attempted masked robbery April 11, 2010

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Shortly after 9:00 p.m. a single gunshot rang out in the Tres Cocos Area in Ambergris Caye. When police officials arrived at the scene around 10:00 p.m. the body of Lionel Aldana was found dead from a single gunshot wound. The body was transported to the San Pedro Police Department.

Initial police investigations reveal that two men were returning to town from hunting on the northern end of the island when upon reaching the Tres Cocos vicinity a log was seen lying in the middle of the road. The driver stopped the vehicle and got out to investigate. It is alleged that two masked men came out of hiding and the driver, fearing for his life, fired a single gunshot from his licensed gun. Investigations continue into the incident but reliable sources have confirmed that the driver is an employee of the San Pedro Town Council.

Moose’s Annual Easter Kite Flying Contest April 6, 2010

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For the second year Moose, along with sponsors on the island have hosted a kite flying contest on Easter day. Located on the beach at Exotic Caye Resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize, the day is full of family fun.

Happy Easter! April 4, 2010

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Wishing you all a Happy Easter! Be sure to check out some of these fun Easter weekend activities!

Belizeans Celebrate Baron Bliss Day March 8, 2010

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Today Belizeans celebrate Baron Bliss Day, a national holiday recognized on Monday, March 8, providing a three day weekend.

The fourth Baron Bliss of the Kingdom of Portugal, Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, was an Englishman by birth. In 1926, he sailed in his yacht Sea King to Belize and fell in love with the green Caribbean Sea, the cayes and balmy climate.

The Baron came to Belize from Trinidad, where he was a victim of food poisoning. He spent some months off the coast of Belize aboard the Sea King, attempting to recover from this illness. He never came ashore. Fishermen and colonial administrators treated him kindly and taught him about Belize. The Baron died of food poisoning, but not before he changed his will, leaving almost $2 million dollars to Belize in a trust fund. The fund is used for the benefit of Belizeans and has made possible the building of the Bliss Institute Library and Museum in Belize City, health clinics and markets around the country, and has helped with the Belize City water supply system. The Baron is considered Belize’s greatest benefactor.

Part of the trust was designated for an annual boat regatta which is held every year in honor of the Baron. The focus of Baron Bliss Day in Belize City is this regatta. Other towns in Belize celebrate the day by having small boat races and parties.

There is a Baron Bliss Memorial Lighthouse and Park located in Belize City in the Fort George Area. The Baron’s tomb lies under the lighthouse overlooking the harbor entrance to the city.

Bowen Crash Victims Identified February 27, 2010

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Michael Casey and his young family all died Friday while on board a private plane piloted by Sir Barry Bowen.

Mike Casey, his wife Jill and their two children, a three year old and a baby, were all passengers in the plane when it went down off the coast of Belize late Friday afternoon. No one survived.

Please read the following link: http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S1439373.shtml?cat=300

Tragic news tonight – Sir Barry Bowen is dead at 64. February 27, 2010

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This evening a terrible plane crash on Ambergris Caye claimed the life of Sir Barry Bowen, who was piloting his private plane, and the lives of two employees along with their two children, a three year old and a baby.

The plane crashed at an area south west of the DFC Subdivision in a marshy swampy location. The white single propeller airplane was on its back and rescue efforts attempted to turn the plane right side up in order to remove the bodies from the wreckage.

This is tragic news to the country of Belize. The most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Sir Barry Bowen.

Problem Crocs removed from Ambergris Caye January 17, 2010

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For more information about ACES/American Crocodile Education Sanctuary please visit their website at www.americancrocodilesanctuary.org

Travel to Placencia with Tropic Air January 10, 2010

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With over 31 years of experience, Tropic Air, one of the leading airlines in Belize, flies daily to 10 destinations which include flying to Central America into Flores, Peten in Guatemala and Guatemala City. With Tropic, one can fly all over the country and discover the beauty that is Belize. The new caravan provides a smoother and more relaxed ride to Placencia, and the 25-minute flight from Belize City on Tropic Air is most convenient. Any visitor looking to make the most out of the dazzling views of a turquoise Caribbean Sea and white sandy beach will appreciate the shorter flight in lieu of the alternative: an hour’s-long road trip.

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Sports Action Today! January 10, 2010

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San Pedro Belize Express 11-A-Side:

   After two weeks off the San Pedro Belize Express 11-A-Side competition will continue with week eight this weekend. All games take place at the Ambergris Stadium with todays game scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The game for today is between:

Veterans Vs Sugar Boys