Fr Stephen Smuts

15,000 Crocodiles Escape Farm

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And residents are urged to remain indoors, here in South Africa:

A crocodile farm in South Africa has reported that around 15,000 crocodiles escaped after heavy rains forced the farm to open its flood  gates.

Local reports indicate that heavier than normal rains forced the owners of  the Rakwena Crocodile Farm to open the permeable crocodile gates so as to  prevent the pens from being damaged in the rising flood waters. When the gates  were opened it allowed the farm’s 15,000 crocodiles to leave their pens and  enter the Limpopo River.

Workers at the farm have since been scrambling to recover the reptiles, and  have been able to recover about half the animals,  but still have several thousand more loose with no idea about how long it will  be before they can recover them all or if at all.

“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,” Zane Langman, son-in-law of the  farm’s owner Johan Boshoff, told South Africa’s Beeld newspaper.

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

The Limpopo Province is experiencing heavier than normal rainfall that has  produced several floods in the region resulting in at least 10 deaths. In  neighboring Mozambique flood waters have displaced tens of thousands of people.

The reptiles that escaped were Nile Crocodiles which can reach lengths of up  to 15 feet. They are also able to reach speeds of 22 mph in the water and up to  10 mph while on land. Residents have been cautioned to remain inside and call  professional reptile handlers if one is spotted on their property.

There has been an increase in commercial crocodile farms which breed the  reptiles for their skin and in some cases their meat. Crocodile skins are sold  to manufacturers that produce belts, shoes, handbags and coats, among other  accessories.

 

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Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

January 25, 2013 at 22:57

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  1. Why would anyone raise any animal to become some sort of merchandise?

    rockyc5

    January 26, 2013 at 03:14

  2. “open the gates to prevent the PENS from being damaged”? – only to release ‘potential and REAL’ danger to countless…??? Pure greed and NO compassion…to suffer the animals within the pens–to a merciless end, then to suffer the people and life outside the pens–in terror and a horrific end?!
    How far we have traversed from Eden – from the “Original Blessing”!

    Margaret

    January 27, 2013 at 09:03


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