Cuban leader Fidel Castro was known to be a man with a bit of a bite. His pets have the same attitude. Recently a man in Sweden was bitten by a crocodile at Skansen Aquarium. Except this wasn’t just any crocodile in captivity, it’s Fidel Castro’s crocodile.
It all happened when someone threw a party at the Skansen Aquarium in Stockholm, Sweden. This scaly critter crashed the aquarium party when it got its jaws around the Swedish man.
The crocodile originally belonged to the late Cuban leader, Fidel Castro.
A Meme is Born
Following the accident, the man was hospitalized. So how much is the ‘victim’ ( who is in his mid-70s) to blame for this? Turns out he had his hand on the wrong side of the barrier, while he was busy giving a speech.
As the owner of Skansen Aquarium Jonas Wahlstrom explains:
“He had his arm over the glass barrier, which is about two meters high. One of the Cuban crocodiles saw it and came and just jumped up and grabbed his lower arm.”
Oddly Swedes are kind of excited by this. Can we expect some future crayfish parties at the Skansen Aquarium?
— Sweden.se (@swedense) August 22, 2019
Ask me about partying with Swedes.https://t.co/FCI2DciE8n
— Mikael Pawlo 🚩 (@mpawlo) August 21, 2019
No one is offering to buy Sweden, but just when you thought it was quiet, a man gets attacked by a crocodile that once belonged to a Russian cosmonat as a gift from Cuba's Fidel Castro. #todayinsweden https://t.co/LeyA2QEdal
— TodayinSweden (@TodayinSweden) August 21, 2019
Not an Aquarium Party, but a Swedish Crayfish Party
Who has a party at an aquarium? Well apparently Swedes, which makes sense given its a crayfish party.
A crayfish party (if the name didn’t give it away), is a traditional celebration held by Swedes where they eat crayfish. Crayfish parties are held in August & September to commemorate the end of summer.
The man was bitten on his arm by the crocodile while he was giving a speech standing on a rock in a restricted area of the aquarium. Rather than enjoy seafood, he might have ended up as croc food.
Netizens Go After Fidel Castro’s Crocodile
Despite the fact that the croc in question is Fidel Castro’s crocodile, he’s also a hand-me-down. The reptile was one of the two Cuban crocodiles given by Fidel Castro to a Russian cosmonaut as a gift. After the change in ownership during 1970s the crocodiles went to Moscow with the new owner.
From Moscow, the reptilian pair was brought to Sweden’s Skansen Aquarium in 1981 by the owner. Since then they have been taking care of the pair.
The crocodile’s communist history didn;t sit well with netizens. Twitterati came after the communist crocodiles in full force:
Ban Communist Crocodiles
— Schuhmerican 🇺🇸 (@Schuhmerica) August 21, 2019
Damn Commie gators.
— AppaloosaKid (@AppaloosaKid) August 21, 2019
— John White (@Nikephorius) August 21, 2019
Those Cuban crocs 🤦🏽♂️
— MAD (@Marioaguerrebe2) August 21, 2019
Some had a good time ridiculing the anti-communist sound bytes.
Lmao. Another reason that communism doesn’t work.
— Rich Hickey (@RichHickey1) August 21, 2019
Fidel Castro's crocodile is living a fuller life than I ever will and I am furious https://t.co/sZmRjNXSKi
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) August 22, 2019
This commiedile wanted to make communist revolution
— androidinside (@uajedidev) August 21, 2019
— Neil Cox (@MisterCoxy) August 21, 2019
I feel like
“Fidel Castro’s crocodile bites man at a party”
is a throwaway line in a classic Warren Zevon lyric. pic.twitter.com/7dxixSieuf
— Nick (@OKFUTURE1) August 21, 2019
Man bitten by Fidel Castro's crocodile. France surrenders.
— France World News (@franceworldnews) August 21, 2019
Think about it for one second. What are the chances that this is all a communist plot. Is that what Fidel trained these crocs to do? If so, we got the reptilian invasion all wrong.
Fidel’s revenge 😂😂
— Karl van heerden (@karlvanheerden1) August 21, 2019
Fidel may be dead…but his croc bites on…
— Birdine L Remaley Jr (@JrBirdine) August 22, 2019