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Australian crocodile, Baru, prepares for debut at Toledo Zoo

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The 17 foot-long crocodile arrives in its box after a series of flights that began in Darwin, Australia, Friday evening at about 9:20 p.m. at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton. The crocodile was immediately loaded into a truck bound for the Toledo Zoo.

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The 17 foot-long crocodile arrives in its box after a series of flights that began in Darwin, Australia, Friday evening at about 9:20 p.m. at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton.

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The 17 foot-long crocodile arrives in its box after a series of flights that began in Darwin, Australia.

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Dave Ruhl, Assistant director of facilities and construction for the Toledo Zoo, center, helps Grand Aire president Zachary Cheema, center, navigate the Zoo's new 17 foot-long crocodile's box after a series of flights that began in Darwin, Australia.

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The 17 foot-long crocodile arrives in its box after a series of flights that began in Darwin, Australia.

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CTY CROC06p Folders were nailed to the wall near the new habitat for the Toledo Zoo's incoming 17 foot-long crocodile.

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CTY CROC06p Toledo Zoo staff members open a viewing hole in the box containing the zoo's new 17 foot-long crocodile after it arrived Friday evening at the zoo in Toledo.

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Adam Britton, head of the Big Gecko company, center, works with the Toledo Zoo staff to check on the wellbeing of a 17 foot-long crocodile that arrived Friday evening in Toledo. Britton had traveled with the animal as it made its way from Darwin, Australia, to Toledo.

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Toledo Zoo staff remove the bindings and check on the zoo's new 17 foot-long crocodile after it arrived Friday.

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Handlers check on the Toledo Zoo's new 17 foot-long crocodile after it arrived Friday evening from a series of flights originating in Darwin, Australia. Staff members worked together to get the crocodile ready and settled into its new exhibit.

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The new habitat for the Toledo Zoo's 17 foot-long crocodile is fully prepared.

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The Toledo Zoo's new 17 foot-long crocodile arrived Friday evening; about a dozen zoo staff members were on hand Friday evening to help the crocodile into its new habitat.

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Andy Odum, the assistant director of Animal Programs and the curator of herpetology, center, sprays down the Toledo Zoo's new 17 foot-long crocodile after it arrived at the zoo Friday evening in Toledo. The crocodile had been sedated for a series of flights that began in Darwin, Australia.

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The 17 foot-long crocodile, Baru.

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