January 11, 2012. (Romereports.com)(-ONLY VIDEO-)
There was an unusual visitor today at the pope's general audience. A three year old Cuban crocodile, that's about 40 centimeters long came face to face with Benedict XVI.
Up until recently the reptile was illegally kept at a man's home in Cuba. Police confiscated the crocodile and sent it to Rome's Zoo so it could recover. Staff brought the Cuban reptile to the Vatican, as a way to raise awareness about crimes involving endangered species.
The visit also coincides with the Zoo's 100th anniversary. When the pope visits Cuba in late March, the reptile will be released on the island.