15,000 Crocodiles Escape in South Africa

by Andrew Johnson

About 15,000 crocodiles have reportedly escaped from a small South African farm during a recent flood, and are now loose in the Limpopo River, Africa’s second largest.

The crocodiles washed away when the owner opened the gates to the Rakwena Crocodile Farm to prevent a storm surge. Unfortunately for him and his neighbors, the “livestock” have now spread across the region; some have been reported as far as a rugby field 75 miles away. The owner and his son-in-law have asked locals to contact them with crocodile sightings so they can recapture the reptiles. More than half of the crocodiles are still on the loose, but many have been captured.

“There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River,” the son-in-law said. “Now there are a lot.” 

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