Category: Society / January 25, 2013 8:58 AM EST
Some 15,000 crocodiles escaped from a South African reptile farm in flood waters this week and were on the loose in and around one of southern Africa's biggest rivers.
It has been reported that only half of the escaped crocodiles close to the Botswana border have actually been recaptured. The gates of the crocodile farm were opened because it was feared that the rushing flood water could crush the crocodiles.
One crocodile apparently from the farm was captured about 75 miles away at a school rugby field. Officials from the farm were not immediately available for comment.
Heavy rains and flooding have claimed at least 20 lives in Mozambique and South Africa and led to the evacuations of thousands.