Floods: crocodiles on the loose

2013-01-25 00:00

THE thousands of crocodiles that escaped from a farm in Limpopo during this week’s floods pose an additional threat to residents.

Zane Langman of the Rakwena crocodile farm warned people not to feed the reptiles or try to catch them. He said they had about 15 000 crocodiles in dams, and had to open the gates to release 7 000 of them when the floodwaters started to erode the walls. The crocs range in size from 30 cm to three metres.

The loss of the crocodiles contributed to the damage of about R5 million he had suffered, he said.

By yesterday afternoon, between 1 000 and 2 000 crocodiles had been recaptured, but thousands more are believed to be in the Limpopo River near the Botwana border, and in farm dams, puddles and flooded fields.

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