10K Escaped Crocodiles Still Roaming Free in S. Africa

Farm had to open gates amid flooding

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 25, 2013 2:19 PM CST

(Newser) – Heavy rains in South Africa forced a farm along the Limpopo River to release its animals to save them from floodwaters. But in this case, those animals happened to be crocodiles—15,000 of them, reports Reuters. Police have joined other farmers and hunters in tracking down the escaped crocs, but about 10,000 remain free.

There have been no reports of injuries, but authorities are warning people to stay out of the water. Unless, of course, they happen to have a knack for this kind of thing, notes the Christian Science Monitor. "We are just making appeals to anyone who has knowledge of catching crocodiles to come and assist," says a police spokesman.

This photo taken Wednesday shows a recaptured crocodile in Pontdrif, South Africa.
This photo taken Wednesday shows a recaptured crocodile in Pontdrif, South Africa.   (AP Photo)
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