Crocodile spotted in Brake Village river

2017-01-19 06:02
The young crocodile that was seen in Brake Village river, photographed by a visitor to the area. Photo: supplied

The young crocodile that was seen in Brake Village river, photographed by a visitor to the area. Photo: supplied

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

Spokesperson for Specialised Rescue Unit Quinton Power warned the residents not attempt to capture the crocodile. Power confirmed that his control room received a call from members of the community information them about a crocodile in the river.

“It’s a small crocodile less than a meter 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 in the bank of the river. We deal with all kind of animals. Last week we were not able to catch it. It went down the river. But we would like to assure the residents that it will probably come out on a sunny day because crocodile only come out from the river when it’s warm.”

Power urged the members of the public to inform them should they spot it in the river again. “As much as it’s such a small crocodile, but 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 that we will it came.”

Early last week another crocodile was spotted from a dam at a farm 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 the views from the residents and congregation members of the Brake Village Temple.

Salogambal Govender (72) is one of the Hindu devotees who generally conduct rituals at the bank of the Brake Village River everyday. She warned other residents not to kill reptiles.

“If you have love for the animals and do not show [your fear] it is unlikely that the crocodile can bite you. I pray by the bank of the river everyday 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 in 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 member of the temple Praggie Padayachee said: “We need an environmentalist to come and do a complete screening of this river. EThekwini Municipality need to work together to ensure safety our people.”

Chairperson of Emergency Control SA at Bigshow Towing Ismail Mitha said: “I and my staff responded out and called in Specialised Rescue for assistance. We tried for three hours, but were unable to capture it due to the large crowd build up 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 and that it was washed downstream. We also believe it was separated from its mother.”

Officer Ricky Moodley from the Tongaat SAPS confirmed that 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 0882 789 3332 or Bigshow Towing on 072 641 0111 or 083 786 1357.


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