News

15,000 crocodiles escape from overseas farm during floods

GREG WOODAAP

AROUND 15,000 crocodiles escaped from a farm in South Africa after heavy rain and flooding hit the north of the country.

The owner of the Rakwena Crocodile Farm was forced to open the gates on Sunday after concern over a storm surge, local press reported.

Many of the crocodiles have since been recaptured but over half remain on the loose in the Limpopo River.

"There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River. Now there are a lot," Zane Langman, whose in-laws own the farm, told Beeld newspaper.

Mr Langman said the farm gates were opened because the owners feared the rushing flood water would crush the crocodiles.

A crocodile, apparently from the farm, was captured 75 miles away at a school rugby field Mr Langman said.

Mr Langman told Beeld newspaper he went to rescue friends in a flooded house in the area by boat on Sunday: "When we reached them, the crocodiles were swimming around them. Praise the Lord, they were all alive."

Limpopo province has been hit by serious floods which have killed 10 people and made many homeless.

The South African Air Force is being used to rescue people from remote settlements, many of which are cut off from the outside world.

The floods have also hit Mozambique, where thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes.

Topics:  crocodiles, editors picks, floods, south africa



Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Calm weather with up to two-metre swells at Tweed

Waves might look like this.

Surf conditions for the beach this weekend.

Feast of street food trucks into Harbour

FEAST FOR FOODIES: Mat Whalley, Kat Creasey, Chico Green and Trevor Braga from Food Kartel and Destination Tweed CEO Bill Tatchell are looking forward to the Tweed Food Truck Extravaganza.

Food Trucks will descend on Tweed Heads for a street food fiesta

Upmarket beach townhouse

Real Estate: 4/45 Kingscliff Street, Kingscliff NSW.

Take a look inside this stylish Kingscliff townhouse conversion

Latest deals and offers


British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Broncos prepare for Sharks

Defensive training session at the Broncos

Tough defensive session in preparation for Sharks game.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances