“We were simply looking for names which you immediately associate with their homeland of Cuba. Nobody intended it to be a direct reference to dictator Fidel Castro or indeed a glorification of him as a person.”Rhein Zeitung (German language) reports that the name wasn't the only problem when it came to young Fidel however, as he soon became notorious for behaving aggressively towards his siblings and would regularly attack and attempt to bite them. This caused some to call the crocodile by the nickname "Castro". Lötsch continued:
“But that really refers most of all to the critical aspects of Fidel Castro as a person, so one can really not be accused of in any way trivializing these actions.”However, despite this, the committee who allocates funding in the region just didn't approve of the name. As they last year provided the zoo with €400,000 in funding, and the zoo would apparently not have been able to carry on without this, they have now appealed to the zoo directors to be more sensitive in their naming of its residents. Lötsch went on to explain that the cultural body is one of the zoo's most important partners and that Hoyerswerda Zoo needed their support to continue. "We therefore take its displeasure regarding the name very seriously, even if we cannot entirely understand it,” she said. Now former Fidel, who will look like the photo above when he is grown up, goes by the rather fancy new moniker of “Fidelio.” There is, however, also another aspect of the crocodile that could possibly cause yet another name change in the future. Apparently the hatchlings have not yet been tested to find out their sex. While it has been assumed that "Fidelio" is a male, zookeepers will need to run blood tests to confirm that. According to the zookeepers this is not really a problem, as if the crocodile turns out to be female, "Fidelia" sounds pretty good as an alternative. According to Wikipedia, the remaining wild Cuban crocodiles can only be found in Cuba's Zapata Swamp and the Isle of Youth. There are apparently only 4,000 remaining in the wild and the species is highly endangered.
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