About 15,000 crocodiles have reportedly escaped from a farm in South Africa's far north amid heavy rains and flooding. The owner was forced to open the crocodile farm's gates on Sunday to prevent a storm surge. Many of the crocodiles have been recaptured, but more than half are still on the loose.
The crocodiles escaped from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm, a tourist site about
15km (nine miles) from the small town of Pontdrif, which borders Botswana. Zane Langman, the son-in-law of the farm's owner, said that
many of the crocodiles had escaped into dense bush and the Limpopo River, the
second biggest in South Africa.
"There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River. Now there are a
lot. We go to catch them as soon as farmers call us to inform us about
crocodiles," said Mr Langman. "I heard there were crocodiles in Musina [about 120km away] on the school's
Mr Langman said 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," he said. The floods have killed at least 10 people in Limpopo province.