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Cold snap: Paris police find chilly croc in car

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Cold snap: Paris police find chilly croc in car
The Caiman crocodile in this picture is not the frozen one from the story. Photo: Josh More/Flickr
12:12 CET+01:00
Police in Paris were left scratching their heads this week after they found a freezing cold crocodile in the back of a car during a routine traffic control.
Talk about a cold snap.
 
Police officers who pulled over a car in Gagny, in Seine-Saint-Denis, just to the north of Paris were surprised to find a near-frozen crocodile in the back seat.
 
The 50-centimetre caiman was "paralyzed from the cold" reported French news website Le Parisien, with recent temperatures in the area dropping below zero at nights. 
 
Police took the crocodile to a nearby veterinary school, where it will be nursed back to health before being taken to a zoo. 
 
The driver admitted to obtaining the animal illegally. French law states that would-be crocodile owners need a licence. 
 
Caiman can grow up to a few metres in length, and are native to Central and South America. 
 
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