Nov 15, 2007

Soldiers after loose Crocodiles!

A tale of crocodiles! Soldiers and rangers have captured 88 crocodiles which escaped from a breeding farm in a central Vietnam province, but hundreds more are still on the loose, officials said Wednesday.

They said soldiers shot dead eight fresh water crocodiles and returned those captured to the breeding farm in Khanh Hoa province where raging floodwaters broke cages Saturday, allowing the crocodiles to escape.

The hunting team of army, rangers and local militia captured 23 crocodiles Wednesday, bringing to 88 those caught in the past four days, said Tran Minh Thu, head of the provincial Ranger Department's inspection unit.

Local people also slaughtered seven crocodiles themselves, Thu said. Officials said they do not know exactly how many crocodiles escaped, but estimate there could be hundreds. Link


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