15,000 Crocodiles Escape Farm Into South African Farm
Amazingly, 15,000 crocodiles have escaped from the farm where they were being kept..
15,000 Crocodiles Escape Farm Into South African River
A South African crocodile farm
is facing a large problem after 15,000 of the animals escaped from the
site and made their way into the nearby Limpopo River. The crocs made
their dash for freedom when massive floodwaters forced the farmers to
open their gates in an effort to avoid those waters from crushing the
walls of the enclosures. Most of the animals made their way to the wild
bush along the river, which could serve as the perfect home for the
A spokesperson for the farm says that they have managed to capture
several thousand of the runaway crocs, but they estimated that about
half of the escapees were still at large. The farm staff is rounding
them up as quickly as they can, but considering the large number of
animals that escaped, it is a challenging job.
The escaped crocs are all Nile crocodiles, the species that is most common in Africa.
Capable of growing up to 18 feet in length and weighing as much as 1700
pounds, they are the largest freshwater crocs in the world. They are
also known for being voracious predators, attacking nearly any other
animals (including humans) that wander into or near the waters where
they make their home.
The Limpopo River is one of the great waterways of southern Africa,
meandering for more than 1000 miles across the region. The river flows
into South Africa's northeast corner along the border of its famous Kruger National Park,
a remote wilderness that would provide plenty of prey for the escaped
crocs. The predators are not unknown to the Limpopo, but until now their
numbers have been relatively small. That could change if these animals
are not rounded up.