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Thousands of crocodiles on the loose after escape from SA farm

Nearby residents have been advised to stay indoors (and away from the crocs).

Image: Rob Griffith/AP/Press Association Images

HEAVY RAINS AND flooding usually bring problems but a farm in South Africa has been hit particularly hard as all of its inmates escaped as a result.

The 15,000 crocodiles kept at Rakwena Crocodile Farm in the north of the country were released, the local daily Beeld newspaper reports.

The farm’s owners were forced to let the predators roam free as they had to open the gates to prevent a storm surge.

According to News24,  a couple of thousand have since been recaptured, but at least half remain on the loose, scattered far and wide.

One turned up on a school rugby pitch about 120 kilometres away.

The surrounding province of Limpopo has been hit by serious floods, which have killed 10 people and made many more homeless.

The floods have also savaged neighbouring Mozambique, where tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes.

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