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15,000 crocodiles escape from South African farm
Telegraph ^ | 9:37AM GMT 24 Jan 2013 | AFP

Posted on 01/25/2013 6:28:00 AM PST by Pan_Yan

Around 15,000 crocodiles escaped from a farm in South Africa following heavy rain.

The crocodiles sprung from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in the far north of the country when owners were forced to open the gates to prevent a storm surge after the nearby Limpopo river rose.

A number have since been recaptured, but at least half remain on the loose, scattered far and wide.


Animal safety experts warned people to stay indoors and stay away from the crocodiles.

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Travel
KEYWORDS: crocodiles; southafrica

1 posted on 01/25/2013 6:28:01 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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2 posted on 01/25/2013 6:31:37 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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Got crocs?

3 posted on 01/25/2013 6:58:29 AM PST by China Clipper ( Animals? Sure I like animals. See? There they are, right next to the potatoes!)
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"nearby Limpopo River rose"

Shouldn't that be the nearby great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River?

4 posted on 01/25/2013 6:59:03 AM PST by Scoutmaster (End it now -
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(those won’t be the first crocs in the great grey-green greasy Limpopo River, as Kipling can tell you...)

He went from Graham’s Town to Kimberley, and from Kimberley to Khama’s Country, and from Khama’s Country he went east by north, eating melons all the time, till at last he came to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, precisely as Kolokolo Bird had said.

Now you must know and understand, O Best Beloved, that till that very week, and day, and hour, and minute, this ‘satiable Elephant’s Child had never seen a Crocodile, and did not know what one was like. It was all his ‘satiable curtiosity.

The first thing that he found was a Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake curled round a rock.

‘’Scuse me,’ said the Elephant’s Child most politely, ‘but have you seen such a thing as a Crocodile in these promiscuous parts?’

‘Have I seen a Crocodile?’ said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake, in a voice of dretful scorn. ‘What will you ask me next?’

‘’Scuse me,’ said the Elephant’s Child, ‘but could you kindly tell me what he has for dinner?’

Then the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake uncoiled himself very quickly from the rock, and spanked the Elephant’s Child with his scalesome, flailsome tail.

‘That is odd,’ said the Elephant’s Child, ‘because my father and my mother, and my uncle and my aunt, not to mention my other aunt, the Hippopotamus, and my other uncle, the Baboon, have all spanked me for my ‘satiable curtiosity—and I suppose this is the same thing.’

So he said good-bye very politely to the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake, and helped to coil him up on the rock again, and went on, a little warm, but not at all astonished, eating melons, and throwing the rind about, because he could not pick it up, till he trod on what he thought was a log of wood at the very edge of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees.

But it was really the Crocodile, O Best Beloved, and the Crocodile winked one eye—like this!

5 posted on 01/25/2013 7:01:46 AM PST by babble-on
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Does this mean that the price of purses and cowboy boots is going up?

6 posted on 01/25/2013 7:30:56 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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yes, but at least should take care of those damn Nutria

7 posted on 01/25/2013 7:33:04 AM PST by babble-on
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