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Acrocalypse: 15,000 Crocs Escape South African Croc Farm

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For those of you who have listened to me over the years, you KNOW this is my absolute worst nightmare!  Some people are afraid of heights, air travel, drowning, fires,etc.  My worst fear?  Being eaten alive by a wild animal. Particularly water animals like sharks and crocodiles!

Rest assured I will not be travelling to South Africa anytime soon!  The incident happened last week near South Africa’s border with Botswana.  Driving rains forced the Limpopo River over its banks on Sunday morning near the Rakwena Crocodile Farm. The farm’s owners, fearing that the raging floodwaters would crush the walls of their house, opened the gates, springing the crocodiles.

So far, nearly 1/2 of the crocs have been recaptured however, thousands remain on the loose.  One croc was even spotted on the rugby field of a local school.

Though no injuries have been reported yet, animal safety authorities have warned locals to remain indoors if possible and not to approach the occasionally-man-eating reptiles if spotted.

Apparently, the crocs are raised for their skins to make belts and purses and the like.

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