Reportedly, 15,000 crocodiles escaped from an animal farm in South Africa Thursday. The animal escape took part during a period of heavy rain in the area. Ironically, sources say the owners actually are responsible for letting the crocodiles out.
According Fox News on Jan. 24, Rakwena Crocodile Farm owners had little choice when threats of rising waters from a storm surge forced them to open gates on the animal farm.
As the Limpopo River rose rapidly, the gates were open, which caused thousands of crocodiles to escape the animal enclosures.
Obviously, the news that potentially dangerous reptiles were roaming freely had everyone in the local area on pins and needles. Thankfully, no animal attacks have occurred at this time.
Luckily, nearly half or more of the crocs were caught. However, that means thousands more are still at large.
Officials believe the others are spread out in South Africa as far as 75 miles from the animal farm.
"We've been recapturing them as, and when, the local farmers phone us to tell us that there are crocodiles on their property," said Zane Langman, a spokesperson for Rakwena.
With any luck the 15,000 crocodiles that escaped, will be caught soon. The good news is that, with their red-shiny eyes at night, chances are good hunters will bag them before long.