15,000 Crocodiles Escape South Africa Farm

Enter the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River

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In what is sure to become a SyFy Channel original movie, 15,000 crocodiles have escaped from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in northeastern South Africa (Acrocalypse!) and are running amok in the surrounding area. The Nile crocodiles, the largest species of freshwater crocodile on earth, escaped when unusually heavy rains caused the nearby Limpopo River to overflow. The farm’s owner, Johan Boshoff, had opened the pens to allow the floodwaters to drain away without damaging the structure.

Boshoff’s son-in-law and farm employee Zane Langman reported that they have recaptured “a few thousand” of the animals, but the majority remain on the loose. One was even spotted on the rugby field of a local school. “There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River,” Langman added. “Now there are a lot.”

Though no injuries have been reported yet, animal safety authorities have warned locals to remain indoors if possible and not to approach the occasionally-man-eating reptiles if spotted.

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