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3 crocodiles get 15 minutes of fame

DANIA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The three crocodiles that have become the mascots of a South Florida neighborhood got unwanted attention when someone reported them as a threat.

Television crews and wildlife officers converged on the Watermark Condominiums in Dania Beach north of Miami, the Miami Herald reported. They did not realize that the largest and oldest of the crocs has been living in the complex's lake for several years, while the other two joined it after Hurricane Wilma.

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Florida is the only place in the world that is home to both crocodiles and alligators, two species many people confuse. The American crocodile is much rarer than its distant cousin and its range is confined to Florida's southern tip with only about 1,000 in the state.

Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said the three at the Watermark appear to pose no threat to anyone.

"'All they want to do is be left alone, sun and swim," Pino said. "At this point, all we have is crocodiles being crocodiles."

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