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November 4, 2015 4:33 pm

Runaway Crocodile Startles Jordan Valley Farmer

avatar by David Daoud

An escaped crocodile caused a panic in the Jordan Valley. Photo: Screenshot.

A runaway crocodile caused panic in the Jordan Valley. Photo: Screenshot.

A runaway crocodile, on the loose in Israel’s Jordan Valley, shocked a local farmer who found it hiding among his crops, Israeli news website nrg reported on Wednesday.

The reptile, which had escaped from a nearby crocodile farm, was discovered in Moshav Yafit during the farmer’s routine morning inspection of his palm groves. After discovering the creature, he immediately notified the Jordan Valley Regional Council and the Commissioner of the National Parks Authority (NPA).

“We received a call from one of Yafit’s farmers who told us that he discovered a crocodile on the farmland,” an NPA employee told nrg. “We caught it and loaded it onto a trailer before returning it to the crocodile farm,” he said.

“The crocodile was about a meter and a half long, which isn’t that big. They can get much bigger,” he added.

The president of the Jordan Valley Regional Council, David Alchiani, noted that this wasn’t the first such incident involving a runaway crocodile, and called on the government to take steps to deal with the issue, since it exposed residents of the area to potential danger.

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