Sweet life

Home to su­gar cane and myr­iad fun fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, Mau­ri­tius is so much more than a tra­di­tional hon­ey­moon desti­na­tion, dis­cov­ers Fri­day ed­i­tor Karen Pasquali Jones

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Un­blink­ing eyes stared, while ra­zor-sharp teeth were vis­i­ble at each side of the snout. “Isn’t she gor­geous, Mamma?” my five-year-old daugh­ter smiled, her small hands clamp­ing harder around the croc­o­dile. “Can I hold the big one now?”

I shook my head, not know­ing whether to laugh or run away. While my lit­tle girl was en­joy­ing get­ting up close and very per­sonal with rep­tiles, I was se­cretly afraid. I’d re­fused to hold the baby croc­o­dile even though I could see a tight elas­tic band wrapped sev­eral times around the end of its snout to stop it from bit­ing.

My daugh­ter had no such fear and was now beg­ging to touch one of the 2,000 Nile croc­o­diles lan­guish­ing in the pools all around us, bask­ing in the Mau­ri­tian sun. “Let’s get out of here,” I said, watch­ing one – five-me­tres long – emerge from the stag­nant wa­ter sur­pris­ingly fast. “And make it snappy.”

But Anaïs was hav­ing none of it. She re­fused to budge un­til she’d held a six-month-old baby

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