South Africa: police on their teeth to find a dangerous band of crocodiles escaped from a farm


The exact number of these Nile crocodiles having packed themselves through a hole in the fence of the farm, located more than 150 km east of Cape Town, remains to be determined.

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A new kind of chase. South African police are looking for a dangerous gang of young crocodiles that escaped from a farm in the south of the country, authorities said on Thursday (March 4th). The exact number of these Nile crocodiles having packed themselves through a hole in the fence of the farm, located more than 150 km east of Cape Town, remains to be determined.

The police have set up a “dedicated team” to find reptiles between 1.2 and 1.5 meters in length, said CapeNature, the province’s environmental service. The breeder realized on Wednesday morning “that there was a hole in the fence and an as yet undetermined number of crocodiles had escaped”, explained to AFP James-Brent Styan, spokesman for the Ministry of the Environment of the province.

Police officers, environmental associations, landowners and farmers “conduct research” concentrated around the nearby Breede River, he said. They have already recovered 27 young crocs. Their capture is done through “human traps, namely cages in which bait is placed, arranged along the river”, explains Razeena Omar, CEO of Cape Nature in a press release.



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