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15,000 Crocidiles Escape Farm

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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013

AS MANY AS 15,000 crocodiles are thought to have escaped from a farm in South Africa following heavy rainfall in the region.

Owners of the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in the far north of the country were forced to open floodgates to prevent a storm surge after the Limpopo river’s water level rose, leading to the great escape.

A number of the crocs have since been recaptured, but around 7,000 remain at large throughout the region. One was captured after surfacing on a school rugby pitch 75 miles from the farm in Musina.

Zane Langman, son-in-law of the farm’s owner Johan Boshoff, said: “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.”

The reptiles are supposedly easier to capture at night as their eyes shine red in the dark.

Animal safety experts have warned people to remain indoors and stay away from any crocodiles.

Severe floods have killed 10 people in the surrounding region of Limpopo province, with hundreds more made homeless, whilst the South African air force are helping to rescue those in remote settlements.

The neighbouring country of Mozambique has also been affected by the floods, with thousands evacuated from their homes.

by By PATRICK McPARTLIN


If that happened in your country, how would your national press and politicians react?
Would someone need to be injured or killed for the public to actually care or would they fly off the hook from the start?

I don't even know if you can sue in SA like you can in the US.

Would Obama be banning crocodiles or pushing for more strict crocodile farm rules and regulations?

I love the quote “There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo river. Now there are a lot." :rofl:

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puppy-dangerous Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Woah.

We live in a swampy, wooded region, it gets just a hair to cold here for them to hang out (go about 50 miles south for that). And we have lots of farms in this area.

I have no idea how people would react. Probably farmers would just shoot them, whether they were supposed to or not.

I don't think animal control would be able to do anything, they'd have to get people from other states to come in.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Shooting the crocs might make you liable for damages.
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puppy-dangerous Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, don't think the good ol boys around here would care all that much...
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Or even understand what any of that means:P
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AbCat Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Writer
It doesn't mean much - crocodiles are native to South Africa. It's the equivalent to releasing 15,000 polar bears into northern Canada.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
No, not really.
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AbCat Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Writer
Or 15,000 weasels into the English countryside.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Sounds like fun
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Black-Allison Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
To be honest, in China it would probably goes something along the lines of poachers broke into a compound and unwittingly let go of the crocs and now they're asking residence to please be civilized and not to stab the shit out of them and sell their hides and meat on the black market and just let wildlife services round them up. Lets put it this way, this is the country where when a bunch of fishers sees a whale shark they think it might be a good idea to bring it in.


In Canada, well right now it's just not possible they'd survive. I know a nearby restaurant that makes 'Bayou' food so maybe they'll take the frozen carcases.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
If it was China, 10,000 would have already been served at dinner:P
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VISIONOFTHEWORLD Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
My favorite quote is this: Animal safety experts have warned people to remain indoors and stay away from any crocodiles. :lol:
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
It's like the Middle East, when a bomb blows a bridge or building up, what do the locals do?
They run to it and climb on it!
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ScottaHemi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if this happened here, considering it's america.

get the guns we're going croc hunting!


animals escaped a zoo not to long ago as well. a number of big cats at that.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I think, depending on the region, the law suits would pile up as fast as the carcasses.
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Svataben Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Denmark is one of the tamest countries in the world.
Our biggest predator is the fox. And no, not some gigantic tusked fox of doom, just a plain old fox.

Once a single elk swam to Denmark from Sweden, and it was big news. An elk is huge! And wild! And not a cow! :lol:
We've recently had two wolves wander up from Germany. The first died, because it got stared at so consistently that it couldn't hunt. The second only just got here.
It's in the papers all the time, even though nothing has happened

If there were crocs out and about,every single newspaper would explode in mega headlines :eager:, and the TV news would ignore most other things, all the while making crazy speculations.
You don't know overreacting, until you've seen Danish news react to wildlife. :lol:
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Hahahahahaa!

Awesome.

If two wolves and an Elk can cause a stir, 15,000 crocs should create a panic
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I dunno, we don't have much beyond particularly viscious rabbits here in Britain.
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Where I live, we have mountain lions and coyotes and mule deer AND foxes. And raccoons and squirrels. I have to put on a safari hat just to go outside and get some firewood.
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
One of our local high schools had a lock down recently because a black bear wandered onto campus. :lol: I love the Pacific NorthWest.
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KyteGlory Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I'd resurrect Steve Irwin.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I'm not sure he could catch'em all
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KyteGlory Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
He's Australian. Have faith.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
ex-Australian:P
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KyteGlory Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Nonsense. He's still Australian. He's just Australian dirt. Which, actually is even more Australian than Australians, when you think about it. I mean, Australians just walk around on top of the Australian continent, but Steve goes further. He is Australian continent. Or at least a few shovels full of it.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I will not disagree (although I do). :P
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KingStephenArthur Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Photographer
If that were to happen here in the U.S. I'd imagine they would handle by just trying to catch the crocodiles, not kill them unless a person was in great danger. case by case scenario I suppose.

There is already a bad croc "problem" down in florida.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
You say problem, pest removal says 'business is booming' :P
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RobStrand Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Limpopo river

yet another place I won't swim.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
The name itself sounds bad
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AvisCelox Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The public would freak out and keeping crocodilians privately would be banned. They're doing it with pythons already. Won't be long before all you can have is a cat, a dog, a neglected goldfish, and a hamster.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
That guy in New Zealand wants cats extinct in NZ.
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AvisCelox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The cats should definitely be at least tightly restricted, due to the damage they can cause to native birds.
Pythons, of course, should be regulated too due to their potential to be dangerous, but there is no reason for an outright ban on them except for in South Florida.
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
That's not uncommon in places with abundant bird species. It's like that in Hawaii too.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
And I fully agree with that idea too.
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Cayman Islands had that, except with turtles. The little ones were swept in land, the big breeders made it out to sea.

Anyway, I'd love to have crocodiles in my river. Life would be that much more exciting. I'd have to keep a closer eye on my cousin, though.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Exciting or terrifying? I've been near a large alligator before, it's unnerving.
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I've been surrounded by them, it was glorious. I only wish I could have learned to rule them.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Yeah....that probably would work for like 6 minutes:P
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:iconbullet-magnet:
Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Nah, it would take longer than that to get their nervous systems implanted with my tech.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Sounds kinky
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
The problem with Dr Evil's model is that sharks do not have legs. That severely reduces their utility. Also the bigger ones tend to spontaneously die in captivity, they're generally more trouble than they're worth.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Do you watch Squidbillies?

In order to keep Mexicans out of Early's area he erected stone walls (using Mexican labor) and defended the fort with gorillas that threw sharks and gators that had shotguns duct taped to them:P
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
There *ought* to be crocodiles in the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo river, all set about with fever trees. How else are elephants supposed to get their trunks?

There also needs to be an adequate population of Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock Snakes, of course.
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puppy-dangerous Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:thumbsup:
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:iconlytrigian:
Lytrigian Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad someone got it.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Bi colored or rainbow?
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:iconlytrigian:
Lytrigian Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Bi-coloured. Definitely.

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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
"I Keep six honest serving-men:
(They taught me all I knew)
Their names are What and Where and When
And How and Why and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five.
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men:
But different folk have different views:
I know a person small--
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!
She sends 'em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes--
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!"
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TheLightsWentOutIn99 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Writer
We actually had something somewhat similar happen near where I used to live. A man realized all the animals in his personal zoo, and then shot himself. Fortunately, there weren't 15,000 animals on the loose. I think that's more than rural Ohio can deal with at once.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Oh yeah, that guy! Yeah, he was a dunce.

Then you had the tiger lady in NJ with like 40 tigers.....
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