10 July 2014
Local fishermen believe the crocodile is a princess and the reptilian romance will improve their catch in the Pacific Ocean.
The mayor of a Mexican fishing town has married a crocodile in an elaborate ceremony where the bride wore white and guests danced with the reptile.
The reptile is a princess, according to local tradition, and it is hoped the nuptials will boost catches of fish, shrimp and other seafood along the Pacific coast.
Before the ceremony, the wedding party walked with the crocodile bride through the southern Mexican town of San Pedro Huamelula.
"It's my wish to marry the young princess," mayor Joel Vasquez Rojas said as the pair tied the knot.
He then danced with his new wife in his arms before guests joined in.
One local resident explained the importance of the ritual.
"As young people, this means a lot," said Eduardo Zarate. "It's the greatest treasure our ancestors have left us."
Members of the local council pay for the wedding festivities, which include dancing and fireworks.
Those who do not pay face a fine.