15,000 crocodiles managed to escape from a South African animal farm following heavy rainfall, FOX News reports Jan. 24.
Rakwena Crocodile Farm was forced to open its gates in a battle against the sudden surge of water from the Limpopo River due to the pounding rain. Flooding made conditions impossible and as a result, thousands of crocodiles managed to escape through the open gates.
About half of the creatures have been recaptured, but the others are scattered around the area. Many are believed to be in a rugby field about 75 miles away from the animal farm. When locals or farmers in the region call the farm about having a crocodile on their property, the crocodile owners spring to action in getting them back.
Most of the recaptures take place at night since crocodiles' eyes shine red in the dark...making them easier to spot.
Animal safety experts have warned residents to stay inside and keep away from crocodiles they see on the loose.
Floods in the surrounding province of Limpopo have been hit hard by serious floods. 10 people have died and many are homeless.