15,000 Crocodiles Escape Rakwena Crocodile Farm in South Africa

By on Jan 25, 2013 in Africa, Animals, Science, World Comments

About 15,000 crocodiles escaped from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in South Africa, according to a Telegraph report on Thursday, January 24, 2013.


15,000 crocodiles escape
Group of crocodiles
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Farm owners were forced to open their gates to avoid a storm surge. The Limpopo river near the farm reportedly rose due to heavy rains.

Rakwena Crocodile Farm is reportedly owned by Johan Boshoff.

Reports say that since the escape, a number of crocodiles have since been recaptured, but more is on the loose.

The crocodiles were able to walk as far as 75 miles away from the Rakwena farm.

According to Zane Langman, son-in-law of Boshoff,

There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River. Now there are a lot.

We’ve been recapturing them as and when the local farmers phone us to tell us that there are crocodiles on their property.

Langman explained that recapturing of the crocodiles is being done at night since crocodiles are easier to catch as their eyes shine red in the dark.

Residents near the farm were warned by Animal safety experts to stay inside their homes and avoid getting near these crocodiles.

The Limpopo province in South Africa reportedly suffered serious flooding that claimed the lives of at least 10 individuals and left many family homeless.



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