Look Out: 15,000 Crocodiles Escape from South Africa Farm

Authorities have recovered about half of the rogue reptiles, who absconded from their enclosure during heavy floods.

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Correction Appended Jan. 25, 2012.

Around 15,000 crocodiles have absconded from a farm in South Africa due to heavy rain and flooding.

The massive reptiles were let loose after an intense deluge risked bursting their enclosure in Pont Drift, Limpopo, near South Africa’s border with Botswana. Faced with impending calamity, the property’s owners were forced to open the gates to release the water — and the crocs along with it.

(MOREDrunken Australian Man Tries to Ride a Crocodile)

Although a few thousand have since been recaptured in the nearby scrubland, at least half of the crocodiles remain at large, and the search zone is widening: one was later discovered on a school rugby pitch 75 miles away.

Zane Langman, the son-in-law of the farm’s owner, told South Africa’s Beeld newspaper that floodwater from the nearby Limpopo River rose swiftly from waist-height at around 1pm to over head-height by nightfall.

“We will catch them as the farmers call us and say there are crocodiles,” he said. “At night it’s easier to see them because their eyes shine red.”

Research shows that crocodiles rarely attack on land — they prefer to ambush their prey from the water’s edge — and so should not present much of a problem as long as people keep a safe distance.

The surrounding province of Limpopo has been hit by serious floods that have killed at least 10 people and made many more homeless. Tens of thousands have also been evacuated from homes in neighboring Mozambique due to the severe weather.

Nuisance crocodiles and alligators are a problem around the world; in Florida, for example, an alligator tore off a 17-year-old boy’s arm in July, and residents perennially launch hunts for aggressive specimens from both groups that present a danger to the public.

Hundreds of crocodiles also escaped into the suburbs of Bangkok when severe flooding hit Thailand in October last year. In that case, instead of issuing warnings to stay indoors, the government offered a reward of 1,000 baht (around $33) for each predator captured alive.

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In a previous version of this story, alligators and crocodiles were addressed in the same sentence without distinguishing between the two. This has been clarified in the above text.

67 comments
ALMearderer
ALMearderer

i

hope

they

make

all the whites flee and leave AFRICA once and for all 

JamesFeeney
JamesFeeney

Here crock, crock, crock. Here crock, crock, crock. Here crock, crock, crock. Oh there you are. Come here and get back in you pen. Oh wait. Back crock. Oh no crock. No crock! CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP.......     Bad Crocodile. Bad!

Toaster
Toaster

Wonderful... made my day

BobKlingenberg
BobKlingenberg

“At night it’s easier to see them because their eyes shine red.” Only when they are very close.


PaigeDillon
PaigeDillon

There's a huge difference between "Escape" and "let loose".  I'm shocked that Time editors don't recognize that.

ChicaJones
ChicaJones

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee: Obama Asks Military Leaders If They Will “Fire On US

Citizens”


Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars
January 22, 2013

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BobMD
BobMD

Wild animals getting loose into the wild? What is this world coming to?!

ClaytonSmith
ClaytonSmith like.author.displayName 1 Like

"Although a few thousand have since been recaptured in the nearby scrubland, at least half of the crocodiles remain at large, "  

I dont need the author to (attempt) to explain the math of this to me... or do I?  If you only captured 3000 of the 15,000 corcs,  you've still got around 12,000 crocs roaming around out there!!  That's MUCH more than "at least half" 15,000.

I hope the croc's eat the author of this article.

JaySchuls
JaySchuls

@ClaytonSmith well if your up to your @$$ in crocs   the number caught or total number that were lost is a little irrelevant

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

@ClaytonSmith you don't know the total number of crocs housed to begin with, only the number that were let go. the facts remain in perspective.  guess you aren't as smart as you thought you were.

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

@ClaytonSmithif they housed 24,000 crocs on the property, 15,000 were set loose, and 3,000 recovered, then 12,000 (half of 24,000) could still be at large. it's basic math.

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

you were talking about two different posts. moron.

clong34
clong34

@ratinacage78

Your qoute

" and to take a page from your book, i didn't call any names.  maybe you should work on your comprehension. dumb is an adjective."

Ok therefore dope would be a name right, I get it your mentally challenged, forgive me.  That why your comprehension is off forgive me.

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

there is the admission? i never denied it, dope. and yes. i can juggle. one of my many talents.  unlike your mother, who was so disappointed by your ignorance and lack of talent and personality that she gave you away.

clong34
clong34

@ratinacage78 Ahh and there is the admission lmao your a real piece of work, can you juggle too?

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

@clong34 - actually, YOU are the LIAR. i called you a real DOPE. now, go die troll.

clong34
clong34

@ratinacage78 Nice you can edit and lie as well. You called me a real dummy earlier seems you erased it.  You can find delete yet cant seem to log off yet.

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

@clong34 die a horribly slow, miserable death troll.

clong34
clong34

@ratinacage78 Still having trouble with that log off button  see. Try Alt-F4 if that doesn't work try CTRL ALT DELETE.  Then go back to the SAT portion of the article and try to comprehend one more time. You can do it champ

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

and to take a page from your book, i didn't call any names.  maybe you should work on your comprehension. dumb is an adjective.

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

you have a lot of nerve questioning credentials while you display your lack of elementary math education. brilliant.

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

@clong34 - math isn't the issue, yet you posted a comment about my variables?? wow. you are dumber than i thought you were.

clong34
clong34

@ratinacage78 Too bad math isn't the issue its, you basic skills of comprehension of the article above.  But after engaging in conversation with you for this short time I can see how it might go above your head.

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

@clong34 guess you just couldn't learn basic math skills, huh?

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

actually, it makes perfect sense. you should really learn basic math skills.

clong34
clong34

@ratinacage78 Your full of yourself and you  failed and you tried to troll two posters.  Now you got called out log off already

clong34
clong34

@ratinacage78 You lack comprehension its confirmed.  I didn't call you any name. I said you tried to be a genius, therefore I didn't call you one.

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

@clong34 @ratinacage78 i didn't go into punctuation at all. nor grammar, so i won't capitalize anything.  again, pay attention. you are clearly out of your league.


clong34
clong34

@ratinacage78 If "you're" going into punctuation and spelling please capitalize your letters at the start of a sentence, and you call yourself educated.  Typical, you try to check others but don't check yourself.

clong34
clong34

@ratinacage78 Once again its just you.  Your beat, and as usual lower intellects usually resort to name calling.

clong34
clong34

@ratinacage78  no its you that lacks comprehension.  How many were housed is irrelevant.  The relevant number is 15000. Your introducing your own variables. You and the author fail.

Detailsdetails
Detailsdetails

The editors see fit to publish a stock photo of an alligator, not a crocodile?

LiamMcKay
LiamMcKay

When you're up to your neck in crocodiles, sometimes you forget that your mission is to drain the swamp

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

"The massive reptiles were let loose... " Let loose? What's all this noise about "escape"???

dschiffer12
dschiffer12 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Around 15,000 escaped, with a few thousand captured and around half are still at large?  That's almost as brilliant as the title of this article being "15,000 Crocs Escape from South African Farm", while having the first paragraph state they were purposely released.

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

@dschiffer12 you aren't very smart yourself.  the article only mentions how many were let go, not how many were housed to begin with.  if they housed 24,000 crocs on the property, 15,000 were set loose, and 3,000 recovered, then 12,000 (half of 24,000) could still be at large. how is that for brilliant? its basic math.

clong34
clong34

@ratinacage78    How many were housed is irrelevant.  The relevant number is 15000. Your introducing your own variables. You and the author fail.

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

@clong34 - still here showcasing your ignorance?

clong34
clong34

@ratinacage78 still having a problem with your log off button.  Try Alt- F4. A troll will be a troll

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

@clong34math isn't the issue, yet you posted a comment about my variables?? wow. you are dumber than i thought you were.

clong34
clong34

@ratinacage78Math isn't the issue its, you basic skills of comprehension of the article above.  But after engaging in conversation with you for this short time I can see how it might go above your head.

ratinacage78
ratinacage78

@clong34 -  and you lack elementary math skills.