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article image15,000 crocodiles break away from South African farm

By Robin Okuthe     Jan 24, 2013 in World
Johannesburg - Some 15,000 crocodiles have escaped from a farm in South Africa's far north following heavy rains and flooding in the region.
The crocodiles, according to a report by local daily Beeld, sprung from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm after the owners were forced to open the gates to ward off a storm surge.
At least 7,500 are still on the run after several had been rounded up.
"There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River," Zane Langman, the son-in-law of Johan Boshoff, who owns Rakwena told The Telegraph. "Now there are a lot."
The surrounding Limpopo Province has been recently hit by floods that have reportedly killed 10 people displacing more.
According to the BBC, the South African Air Force is evacuating people affected by the flooding in remote regions.
The floods have also affected neighboring Mozambique, where thousands of people were being rescued from their homes.
Animal safety experts warned people to stay indoors and stay away from the crocodiles, AFP reported.
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