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At least two Nile crocodiles still on the loose after escape from Bonnievale farm

There are at least two more Nile crocodiles at large that have been spotted but not yet retrieved following their escape from a crocodile farm near Bonnievale in March.


On Tuesday CapeNature said recapture operations have been scaled down, but they would continue with at least one nightly river patrol per week with the aid of landowners.

A total of 51 crocodiles have been shot and 32 recaptured since the reptiles escaped when they found a weak spot in the perimeter fencing of one of the enclosures.


“The transgression of the facility owner is currently under investigation and a decision will be taken soon toward any form of prosecution,” CapeNature spokesperson Petro Van Rhyn said.


According to a response from Local Government MEC Anton Bredell to the legislature last week, a total of R336 894 has been spent on finding the escaped crocodiles.


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