Hatchlings of endangered crocodile species found in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Eight hatchlings from one of the world’s rarest crocodile species have been found in a wildlife sanctuary in eastern Cambodia. The baby Siamese crocodiles were found in a river by conservationists who went searching for them after finding footprints and dung. The species was once widespread across Southeast Asia but is now critically endangered. Cambodia’s Environment Ministry and the World Wildlife Fund have been searching for photographic evidence of a breeding population in the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary for more than a decade. They say rangers are now guarding the habitat area. It’s believed only about 400 Siamese crocodiles remain in the wild, with most of them in Cambodia.