Boris proves to be Doris af­ter all

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

BORIS the croc­o­dile has proved him­self to be a gender ben­der af­ter lay­ing a clutch of eggs at a re­sort in Di­wan at in the Dain­tree rain­for­est.

Own­ers of Lync Haven Rain­for­est Mo­tel, Camp­ing & Wildlife Ex­pe­ri­ence, Scott and Jodie Hamill, where Boris - who has now been re­named Doris - lives were shocked to find Boris sit­ting on a mound of eggs re­cently.

The gender ben­der croc shocked Jodie when she came out­side re­cently to find he/she had built a nest­ing mound and laid a num­ber of eggs.

“It was a pretty amaz­ing sight af­ter hav­ing had Boris for the past three years,” Jodie said.

“The other odd thing is this is the first time she has laid the eggs but the eggs will not pro­duce any young crocs be­cause Doris has not been mated and the eggs have not been fer­tilised and so it is a lit­tle bit un­usual as to why she has laid them in the first place.”

Boris (Doris) was first sent to Lync Haven three years ago from Ade­laide from a guy who had him as a pet and kept him in a pet shop for ev­ery­one to see.

“But Boris even­tu­ally got too big for the pet shop and the owner had to have him re­lo­cated and so we took him on,” Jodie said.

“My hus­band, Scott, built a fan­tas­tic en­clo­sure for Boris with a big pool to splash around in and to feel safe and with palm trees to shade un­der and plenty of grass to sun bake on.

“It has proven to be a great haven for Boris, so much so that he has well and truly shown his fem­i­nine side and laid about 30 to 50 eggs and prov­ing that Boris is now a Doris.”

Gender ben­der: the croc for­merly known as Boris

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