Crocodile pair fail to have babies for 50 years because male has a small penis
Zoologists in Poland have finally solved the mystery of why two crocodiles have failed to produce offspring for almost 50 years.
The crocodiles, called Hector and Luiza, have been mating since 1973, but amazingly have never bred and babies.
Now researchers at the Poznan Zoo believe that the issue may lie with the male crocodile’s penis size.
Malgorzata Chodyla from Poznan Zoo, said: “Eggs were produced several times, but nothing came of it.
“Our staff had no idea what was the reason for the failure. The truth only came to light during the visit of specialist doctors from Germany.
“Hektor needed a lot of research and consultation from a gastrologist because he did not have any appetite.
“It turned out he was fine. However, the reason for his infertility came to light. The doctors said it was not surprising that Hektor’s efforts were futile, because his willy is too small.
“Hektor is always very loud and hundreds of visitors come to see him moan and groan.”
Sadly, the animals aren’t suitable for IVF, so it’s unlikely they’ll ever produce offspring.
Ms Chodyla explained: “Apart from the fact that Hektor and Luiza are already too old, this is an expensive procedure that is used only for endangered species.”
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