Search for Limpopo crocs intensifies

Limpopo police and crocodile farmers are searching day and night for crocodiles on the loose.

Limpopo police and crocodile farmers are searching day and night for crocodiles on the loose.

JOHANNESBURG - Limpopo police say the search for thousands of crocodiles swept away in flash floods from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm will be intensified.

The flood gates at the Rakwena Crocodile Farm close to the Botswana and Zimbabwe borders were opened on Sunday because it was feared that rising flood waters would crush the reptiles.

Most of the 15,000 crocodiles are less than two metres long.

Crocodile farmers, residents and police have trapped thousands of the reptiles, using plastic bands to tie their legs behind their backs and then piling them into pick-up trucks.

The police's Hangwani Mulaudzi said, "It's a 24 hour operation but I'm told it is easier in the evening because they light with their eyes."