CapeNature revealed that seven young crocodiles have been euthanised following an initial breakout from a breeding farm in Bonnievale, Western Cape.
“Despite their best efforts to recapture them, CapeNature experts were forced to euthanise seven of the animals. As they prove harder and harder to catch, they are now posing a serious threat to surrounding community members,” IOL continued.
The commercial farm owner has indicated that of his 5000 crocodiles, the number of those escaped remains unknown.
The crocodiles, which vary in size between 1.2 meters to 1.5 meters, are said to have escaped through a broken fence at the farm.
Police are making use of four boats and eight divers in the search, as well as a number of traps set up along the Breede River.
“CapeNature regards the safety of the surrounding community first and foremost which further accentuates the urgency of the recapturing of these wild animals. The situation remains fluid and the recapturing techniques have to be effective in the best interest of public safety,” said CapeNature’s chief executive, Dr Razeena Omar.
See also: Who let the crocks out?