Escaped crocs: 3?000 caught so far

2013-01-31 00:00

IT will take about two months to catch the thousands of crocodiles that escaped from a Limpopo farm in last week’s floods.

Zane Langman of Rakwena crocodile farm in the Pontdrift area near the Botswana border said about 3 000 of the 7 000 escaped reptiles have been rounded up since they were washed out of their pens last Monday.

He said the crocodiles were being recaptured at a rate of about 100 a day. “… Our teams are working 24 hours a days to catch them.”

Many have been found in citrus orchards and pools of flood water.

Teams from the Environmental Affairs Department and SPCA are also helping in the hunt, and Langman said he was grateful for their assistance.

The reptiles’ pens will be cleaned out by the weekend and they will be counted and returned to safekeeping.

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