Title: Dozens of Crocodiles Escape from Commercial Crocodile Farm in Maoming Amidst Flooding
In a dramatic turn of events, heavy rainfall has caused a lake to overflow, resulting in dozens of crocodiles escaping from a commercial crocodile farm in Maoming, Guangdong province. Authorities have confirmed that a total of 69 adult crocodiles and six juveniles are now on the loose in the flooded area.
While some crocodiles have already been recaptured, several remain at large, leading to concerns among local residents. Videos circulating on social media depict the harrowing sight of these powerful reptiles swimming in the floodwaters, occasionally revealing their heads above the water’s surface.
Due to the potential danger posed by the escaped crocodiles, residents have been advised to stay at home until further notice. Despite the alarming situation, no injuries have been reported thus far.
Interestingly, crocodile meat is highly valued for its perceived medicinal benefits in China, and the trade of crocodiles is not prohibited by Chinese law. Maoming, in particular, is renowned for its large and famous commercial crocodile farms, where crocodile meat is considered a delicacy.
Sadly, this is not the first time crocodiles have escaped from farms in Maoming. Similar incidents occurred back in 2013, indicating the need for improved security measures and comprehensive preventative measures within the industry.
The escape of these crocodiles comes amidst the turmoil caused by Typhoon Haikui, which has triggered widespread flooding in southern China and Hong Kong, resulting in landslides and the loss of several lives. The severe weather conditions have exacerbated the challenges in capturing the escaped crocodiles promptly.
Authorities are working diligently to contain the situation and safely apprehend the remaining escaped crocodiles. The priority remains the safety and well-being of the local community during this challenging time.
As this story unfolds, it serves as a reminder of the unpredictable forces of nature and the importance of implementing robust safety measures to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.
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