15 000 crocodiles escape from SA farm

HEAVY rains in Limpopo have reportedly forced close to 15 000 crocodiles to escape from a farm in South Africa’s far north,  raising fears the reptiles might cross to Beitbridge.

Senior Reporter

Incidents of people being attacked or killed by the deadly reptiles are common along the Limpopo River.

According to media reports from South Africa, the incident that has sparked panic in Zimbabwe border town happened last Sunday.

This comes amid reports that at least 10 people have been killed by floods in Limpopo province.

The Limpopo River is a particularly dangerous crossing point for Zimbabweans entering the neighbouring country illegally.

At this time of the year, it is flooded and infested with crocodiles.

Due to recent rains, Limpopo River was flooded and the water levels had risen above the new Limpopo Bridge.

Many border jumpers continue to risk their lives by crossing the river and several of them have either been killed or left with scars by the deadly reptiles in the past.

The Limpopo River crocodiles are among the world’s largest and arguably the most dangerous.

Experts say saltwater crocodiles are responsible for more human fatalities per year than any other predator. They are strong swimmers that are well adapted to the water, which is where they do nearly all their hunting.

The officer commanding police in Beitbridge district, Chief Superintendent Lawrence Chinhengo could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Reports from South Africa yesterday indicated that the reptiles were let loose by the owner of Rakwena Crocodile Farm.

However, several are said to have been recaptured.

5 Responses to 15 000 crocodiles escape from SA farm

  1. Great Zimbabwe January 25, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    A bit of meat on the report was invaluable. How did the dangerous creatures escape from the farm? What is the ecological effect of the incident to the grater Limpopo basin? Why would such an incident occur in the first instance? Was it deliberate and WHY? and if so are there legal implications to the farmer? Is there a Limpopo River Authority, presumably consisting of both Zim and SA officials? What is its terms of reference?

    • Cekay January 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      Further to all these questions, are these really saltwater crocs or they are freshwater crocs. Are they adapted to water, or that is their home? “The Limpopo River crocodiles are among the world’s largest and arguably the most dangerous.” Really!?!?!?!
      Surely the reporter could have done a much better job than this load of crap.

  2. John Moyo January 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    The writer says “Experts say saltwater crocodiles are responsible for more human fatalities per year than any other predator.” I think the crocodiles found in Limpopo are African crocodiles ; often referred to as common crodiles as opposed to saltwater crocodiles which are found in Asia and Australia.

  3. handheld magnifier January 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

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  4. uncle January 25, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    15 000!Really??Or are they also counting the hatchlings and the eggs and the semen

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