Crocodile spotted in Brake Village river

2017-01-19 06:02
A baby crocodile that was spotted in Brake Village River. This picture was taken by a person in the area. Photo: supplied

A baby crocodile that was spotted in Brake Village River. This picture was taken by a person in the area. Photo: supplied

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BRAKE Village residents are urged to be on the lookout after a crocodile was seen in the Brake Village river earlier this month. The crocodile has been seen on numerous occasions.

Spokesperson for the Specialised Rescue Unit Quinton Power warned residents not attempt to capture it.

Power confirmed that his control room received several calls from the community about a crocodile in the river.

“It’s a small crocodile less than a metre long, but can be dangerous when confronted by a person who is not professional. It can attack when it comes out of the river to look for food and someone happens to be on the bank of the river. We deal with all kinds of animals. Last week we were not able to catch it. It went down the river, but we would like to assure residents that it will probably come out on a sunny day because crocodiles only come out from a river when it’s warm.”

Power urged the public to inform them should they see it in the river again.

“As much as it’s a small crocodile, it can cause a lot of damage when approached by a person who doesn’t know anything about crocodiles. The community must remain calm and call us when they see it in the river again.

“At this stage it is impossible to find out who the owner is. When we capture it genetic testing will be done so we can determine its species.”

Last week another crocodile was spotted at a dam at a farm in upper Tongaat. Power said his team was called to remove it as community members feared for their lives.

On Friday the Weekly visited the area­ to hear what residents and congregation members of the Brake Village Temple think about the crocodile.

Salogambal Govender (72) is a Hindu­ devotee, who generally conducts rituals on the bank of the Brake Village river every day. She warned residents not to kill reptiles.

“If you have a love for the animals and do not show [ fear] it is unlikely the crocodile will bite you. I pray by the bank of the river every day and I am not afraid of any creatures.”

Another resident said: “The presence of the crocodile in our area is posing­ a threat to the community because small children play on the bank of the river. As residents in this area we want to know who left it in the river and where it came from?”

A temple member Praggie Padayachee said: “We need an environmentalist to come and do a complete screening of this river. eThekwini Municipality needs to work together to ensure the safety of our people.”

Chairperson of Emergency Control SA at Bigshow Towing, Ismail Mitha said: “My staff and I responded and called in Specialised Rescue for assistance.

“We tried for three hours, but were unable to capture it due to the large crowd and noise. It does not pose a threat at this stage as the water is shallow.

“The community is asked not to panic as we believe it’s a baby crocodile that it was washed downstream. We also believe it was separated from its mother.”

Officer Ricky Moodley from the Tongaat SAPS confirmed they received a call from member of the public alerting them about a crocodile in Brake Village river.

Residents are urged to contact Specialised Rescue Unit on 082 789 3332 or Bigshow Towing on 072 641 0111 or 083 786 1357.

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