Mac & Mac's Pick: Nest Raiding

By WEEK Reporter

December 28, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:21 AM CDT

SOMERSBY, AUSTRALIA -- Officially, it's called "nest raiding day" at the reptile park near Sydney, Australia. The zoo employees probably have their own name for it.....

It's a spectacular but dangerous task that happens every year.

Wildlife experts restrain female alligators while others raided their nests and stole the eggs.

The park's manager of operations said nest raiding was necessary, among other reasons, to keep alligators from eating the eggs.

The climate around Sydney is also too hot for the eggs to hatch naturally.

Fifteen eggs were collected today and taken away to be incubated in a safe environment.

Baby alligators are expected to hatch after around 70 days.

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