THE crocodile is estimated to weigh about 80kg and is around 2.5m long – just the right size to attack anything it identifies as potential prey, including children and fishermen who loiter on the banks of the Mzingazi Canal in the Medway Road/Green Africa area.
The full story by Dave Savides, including an interview with the local angler who spotted the animal, appears in the ZO Weekend Edition, on shelves today.
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Interesting facts about the Nile crocodile
• The proximity of much of its habitat to people means run-ins are frequent
• its virtually indiscriminate diet means a person washing clothes by a riverbank or fishing might look just as tasty as a migrating wildebeest
• firm numbers are sketchy, but estimates are that up to 200 people may die each year in the jaws of a Nile crocodile
• their diet is mainly fish, but it will attack almost anything unfortunate enough to cross its path, including zebras, small hippos, porcupines, birds, and other crocodiles
Source credit: National Geographic
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