Tuesday, 15 June, 1920

Juana Brito and her son Tiburcio (a man of about 30 years of age) were killed by an Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) along the Orinoco River at Baradero (near Bolivar City). Juana was apparentlybathing in the river when she was attacked by the crocodile. Tiburcio attempted to rescue her but was then himself attacked by the crocodile. Tiburcio was apparently dragged away by the crocodile, while his mother managed to swim to shore but died due to her injuries.

Location data

Latitude: 8.150535000000
Longitude: -63.498667000000

Incident details

Outcome: Fatal
Victim Age: 30
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Rescuing mother from crocodile
Witnessed: Unknown
Overall Quality of Report
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Date of Incident Date Precision
1920-06-15 Year +/-180 days
Species Certainty
Orinoco Crocodile Certain
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About the crocodilian

Orinoco Crocodile

The Orinoco crocodile is a large (maximum size over 5 m/16.5 ft) and critically endangered species currently restricted to portions of the Orinoco River drainage (the Llanos savannah region) in Venezuela and Colombia, although during historic times the species was more widespread within a variety of different habitats (e.g. foothill streams, tropical evergreen forest, etc.). Juvenile Orinoco crocodiles feed primarily upon invertebrates and small vertebrates, while large adults may prey upon larger fish, birds and terrestrial vertebrates; predation on the sympatric spectacled caiman has also been recorded. Large Orinoco crocodiles are potentially dangerous to humans, but given the restricted distribution of the species attacks are very rare in modern times. The species is currently threatened by habitat destruction and poaching. 

Estimated Wild Population: around 1,500

Conservation Status: Critically Endangered. 

Crocodylus intermedius

About this record

Last Updated Contributor Incident Link Node Item GUID FKID
2017-09-16 18:35 Brandon Sideleau 100-6707 6707