Crocodile Tears Are Real

December 2007
Science & Children;Dec2007, Vol. 45 Issue 4, p8
Academic Journal
The article reports on the confirmation of the myth that crocodiles cry while eating. Zoologist Kent Vliet explains that this phenomenon is for physiological reasons rather than reptilian remorse. Vliet observes and videotapes captive caimans and alligators while eating on a dry land at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park in Florida. He discovers that majority of the animals display tears as they tear into their food. He hypothesizes that the tears occur as a result of the animals' hissing and huffing.


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