Christmas has come early for 11 Nile crocodiles and an alligator found by police searching a villa in north Belgium.
The Nature Rescue Center in Opglabbeek, eastern Belgium, says the reptiles were discovered Thursday when police searched the villa of a German man suspected of fraud in the village of Lapscheure.
Frederik Thoelen, a biologist at the center, said Friday that the animals were neglected. The owner has given up his rights to them as he did not have the necessary papers.
Thoelen says "that is very good news because now we can look for a new place for the animals."
But the reptiles will definitely spend Christmas at the rescue center.
Thoelen says they won't get any special treats for the holidays, since "they got their biggest present yesterday" when they were rescued.