Watch: Zoo urges people to leave caimans, snakes alone
The Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago has issued a statement advising persons to leave any wild animals seen in the flood waters alone and unharmed.
This after several posts shared on social media and WhatsApp showed caimans and snakes in the flood water, in some cases near to private property.
The Society advises that these animals have been displaced by the flood waters into an extended range that they will return to their natural habitats once flood waters recede. It says these animals are not in need of rescue.
According to the Society, some animals have breached people’s homes, and in this case, the animals will have to be removed. However, citizens are being urged to treat these animals calmly and humanely as the animals too are facing an unusual situation.
The Zoological Society says it has had to respond to several prank calls today to rescue animals in flood waters, which unfortunately diverted valuable time from genuine cases.
In spite of this, it says its teams stand ready to respond.
The Zoo’s rescue hotline is 800-4ZOO and the teams will get to the site once the area is accessible.