Dozens of juvenile crocodiles, which measure between 1.2 metres and 1.5 metres, have escaped through a breeding farm’s meshed wire fence near the town of Bonnivale in Western Cape Province in South Africa on Wednesday.
Petro van Rhyn, the spokesperson for provincial conservation body Cape Nature, confirmed this to DPA on Thursday.
Cape Nature has warned residents to stay clear of the nearby Bree River until all of the predators have been captured.
“Obviously, they are very dangerous. These are wild animals even though they’ve been in captivity. People must not approach them and stay clear of the river until all are captured.
“Cape Nature, together with the owner of the breeding farm, surrounding land owners and the police have launched a massive hunt for the reptiles, the spokesperson said.
“So far, 27 crocodiles have been found, while a yet unknown number of others are still at large, van Rhyn said.