Can you help wrangle 10,000 crocodiles?
Thousands of crocodiles escaped a breeding farm along a river on the South Africa-Botswana border. This happened when the farms' gates were opened earlier this week to alleviate pressure caused by rising flood waters.
Efforts are now being made to wrangle the reptiles and get them back to the Rakwena Crocodile Farm, from where the vast majority escaped.
"Due to the number of crocodiles that have been washed away there is a need for expertise, people who have expertise to come and assist," says Hangwani Mulaudzi. "So we are just making appeals to anyone ... who has knowledge of catching crocodiles to come and assist."
News reports from the scene show people hunting down smaller crocodiles at night, tying them up and taking them back to the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in northern South Africa. The crocodiles are easier to hunt at night because their eyes glow when hit with a beam of light. The farm's website shows crocs up 16 feet long, though crocs of all sizes escaped, Mulaudzi said.
It isn't clear exactly how many crocodiles are on the loose, but Mulaudzi believes around it's around 10,000.
Critical thinking challenge: How did rising flood waters lead to loose crocodiles?
Define these words: on the lam
- Posted on January 26, 2013