Alert as 15,000 crocodiles flee SA farm
Local residents have been put on alert after 15,000 crocodiles escaped from a farm in South Africa following heavy rain.
The crocodiles sprung from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in the far north of the country when owners were forced to open the gates to prevent a storm surge after the nearby Limpopo river rose.
A number have since been recaptured, but at least half remain on the loose, according to authorities. One turned up on a school rugby pitch 120km miles away.
Animal safety experts have warned people to stay indoors and stay away from the crocodiles.
"There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River," said Zane Langman, the son-in-law of Johan Boshoff, who owns the farm. "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," said Zane Langman, the son-in-law of Johan Boshoff, who owns Rakwena.
He said most of the recapturing efforts were taking place at night, when crocodiles are easier to catch because their eyes shine red in the dark.
The surrounding Limpopo province has been hit by serious floods which have killed 10 people and made many more homeless.
The floods have also ravaged neighbouring Mozambique, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes.