JOHANNESBURG: Almost 10,000 crocodiles have been escaped from a farm during flood in South Africa and police has joined the hunt to get them back from one of the Southern Africa’s biggest rivers, where they are being washed.
Thousands of reptiles have been trapped by the Crocodile Farmers and police by using the plastic bands to tie their legs. The police is putting the caught reptiles into pick-up trucks to get them back into the Crocodile Farm, where from they were escaped.
The flood hit the Rakwena Crocodile Farm on Sunday, which was situated along with Zimbabwe borders near Botswana. The crocodile farmers took the risk and released almost 15,000 crocodiles from the farms after being afraid of flood, which could crush the reptiles. He released the crocodiles into Limpopo River.
Zane Langman told the news channel ENCA that its is now easier to see crocodiles in the river. His in-laws were running the crocodile farm. The crocodile skin is used in the fashion industry of South Africa, so there were several crocodile farms situated in the same area, who were supplying the crocodile skins to the fashion industry.
Police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi told the newspaper that they are working as a team consisting on crocodile farmers and policemen to catch the escaped crocodiles from the farm. He also added that fortunately there is no report of injuries caused by the escaped reptiles from the farm.
On the Limpopo River, police has issued the warnings to the people to remain far from the river, as they can remain safe from the attack of crocodiles. But there are several death due to the heavy rains and flood in the South Africa and Mozambique. Police and Crocodile Farmers are working very hard to catch the escaped crocodiles, as they have start hunting.