South African Police to Join Croc Hunt

    EDENI, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 18:  A crocodile looks around submerged in water on July 18, 2010 in the Edeni Game Reserve, South Africa. Edeni is a 21,000 acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife located near Kruger National Park in South Africa. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

    Crocodile in Edeni Game Reserve in S. Africa. (Cameron Spencer/Getty)

    South African police said Friday that they will be joining in a massive hunt for 10,000 missing crocodiles. The crocodiles escaped during a storm, during which they may have been washed into one of the area’s largest rivers. Crocodile farmers, local residents, and police have already trapped thousands of reptiles, using plastic bands to tie their legs behind their backs, and then piled them into pickup trucks. The floodgates at the border with Botswana and Zimbabwe were open in the search, and police in Zimbabwe have issued strong warnings against swimming. Crocodile farms provide skins from the animal for the fashion industry.

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