Around 15,000 crocodiles have escaped from a farm in South Africa amid heavy rains and flooding.
The Beeld newspaper reported today that the predators escaped from the Rakwena crocodile farm when the owners were forced to open gates to prevent a storm surge.
Thousands have been recaptured, but at least half remain on the loose, scattered far and wide.
One turned up on a school rugby field 120 kilometres away.
There were previously only a “couple of crocodiles” in the local Limpopo River, said Zane Langman, a son-in-law of farm owner Johan Boshoff. “Now there are many.”
The surrounding province of Limpopo has been hit by serious floods which have killed 10 people and left many more homeless.
The floods have also savaged neighbouring Mozambique, were tens of thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes.