AFRICA’S OLDEST CROC WAS THE TANA TERROR BEFORE MARRIAGE, NOW HE’S THE BIG DADDY
So I used to know a guy who referred to himself as Big Daddy. He was fun to hang around with. But I don’t think anything could happen where you would ever call him reformed. Like, ever. But marriage changes a man, many say. And for a crocodile with the name Big Daddy as well, they say marriage has him reformed. He used to be murderous. Yeah, I know, crocodile tears and all. But seriously. The 2,200lb monster . 35 years ago, Big Daddy killed 5 people. 3 of them were schoolgirls. See? But Big Daddy had a different name back then: Tana Terror.
BIG DADDY WEIGHS OVER A TON, IS OVER 15 FEET LONG, AND IS AT LEAST 120 YEARS OLD
So how big is Big Daddy? Besides weighing over a ton, he’s over 15 feet long. Experts say he’s about 120 years old. No, really. Crocodiles like this live a long time. They just have to survive. But he’s one of the oldest and biggest crocodiles on the entire African continent. Today, he lives in a huge crocodile farm in East Africa, Mamba Village in Mombassa, Kenya. He’s been there since his capture in 1988. But it wasn’t until he had some feminine company that Big Daddy supposedly mellowed.
BIG DADDY MAULED ALL THE OTHER CROCS UNTIL HE MET HIS MELLOWING WIVES, SASHA AND SALMA
When he first arrived there, he mauled 10 other crocs already there. Big Daddy didn’t play around. Well, until he had an opportunity to really play around. He’s a lot mellower today. They say marriage does that. But he has two ladies in his enclosure alongside him. Their names are Sasha and Salma. After Big Daddy met them, he calmed down a lot. But he still eats a LOT of meat every day. How much? Roughly the equivalent of 2 goats. Big Daddy is now blind with age. But they knew that marriage suited him when he shared his very first meal with the ladies as soon as he met them.
Do they cry crocodile tears at their weddings?