Video Taken at Lagoon in Mexico Serves as a Reminder to Leave Wildlife Alone

Published by Elena Waldman.

“Don’t go swimming in crocodiles’ home” isn’t a tall order—you wouldn’t want someone invading your home, so don’t do it to others. A video reportedly taken by visitors to a lagoon in Tamaulipas, Mexico, shows the lifeless body of a man who apparently ignored warning signs and swam in the lagoon, which is home to many crocodiles.

The footage serves as a morbid reminder to leave wildlife alone. Like all our fellow animals, crocodiles deserve respect—which means they don’t want humans intruding in their natural habitats.

Did You Know?

Mother crocodiles are doting and protective of their young. They remain close to their babies, protecting them from predators for several weeks to months.

Live in Harmony With Wildlife

Crummy roadside zoos, cruel marine parks, and other facilities that exploit our fellow animals perpetuate speciesism—the idea that humans are superior to other animals—which may lead to the false notion that approaching wild animals isn’t dangerous. In reality, wild animals don’t want to be approached by humans in their natural habitats, and when they feel provoked, they may attack intruders out of self-defense.

The solution is simple—don’t approach wildlife, don’t attempt to use wild animals as props for your selfie, and don’t support or visit places that exploit our fellow animals for entertainment. Click the button below for more tips on living in harmony with wildlife:

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind