January 26, 2013

Police beg for help catching 10,000 escaped crocodiles.

In South Africa, where a flood enabled the animals' escape from a farm (where they are raised for their meat and their glamorous skins).

22 comments:

James Pawlak said...

They taste like chicken.

Pettifogger said...

I wonder what the Xhosa word for "tort" is.

bagoh20 said...

Alright, I'll be looking out for them. If I see one like THIS
, I'll catch it, and bring it home and call the authorities...eventually.

edutcher said...

First rule, never smile.

Paul said...

"crocodiles don’t naturally hunt humans."

Whoa... on the average three people a DAY are ate by Croc's in Africa, and this guy says the don't naturally hunt people?

Sure.

wyo sis said...

Seems like poor planning to build croc farms where there are floods.

creeley23 said...

Sadly I am unqualified to assist.

Chip Ahoy said...

Police beg for help catching crocodiles."

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wholelottasplainin' said...

Heh. I visited such a farm in SA ten years ago.

Much more memorable than the crocs were the hundreds of Egyptian Ibis in the surrounding trees: huge white birds with long curved beaks.

The same breed you can see in ancient carvings and hieroglyphics.

Impressive.

Alex said...

Whoa... on the average three people a DAY are ate by Croc's in Africa, and this guy says the don't naturally hunt people?

#1 - where is the cite for that stat?
#2 - even if it were true, 3/day out of a population of 1 billion?

madAsHell said...

Crocs are indigenous to South Africa. How can you be sure that you're catching the farmed croc??

....and why would you risk life and limb to secure some farmers livelihood. Is there a reward??

Kind of like looking for an adventurous woman to have a Neanderthal baby? Yeah, nobody is gonna pay for that!!

Ululating Umlungu said...

It's now up to 15 000 crocs on the loose. Several years ago a few hundred escaped from a farm and it took Nature Conservation less than a week to round them up. As, supposedly, farmed animals are less guileful than those in the wild. Croc meat does, in fact, taste like smoked chicken, and is often served with a raspberry coulis. Caged croc diving is fun for the more adventurous. And the Xhosa for "tort" is ulwaphulomthetho (oo lwa poo loom twe to)

virgil xenophon said...

Geeze, Ann, from the likes of UU-GUY, above, it seems you really do have a wide readership, lol.

PS: Hey, UU-guy, I've got a fraternity brother who is from Durban named Roddy Heulett of the Tongatt-Heulett Sugar Group--ever hear of him? The family home sits right on the boundaries of the Krankztl Nature Preserve--you can see the wild game from their verandah, lol. (we're both in our late 60s)

virgil xenophon said...

PS to UU-Guy. I met Roddy only because LSU was/is? the only school in the world (to my knowledge) that offers an engineering degree in Sugar-cane technology (there is a small sugar-mill right on campus near the military science bldg.) and so Roddy's father Jack sent him to LSU to learn the family business.

Ululating Umlungu said...

Hi virgil, I've heard of Tongatt-Heulett Sugar, and the family is also known to me, but not Roddy. I'm about 1700km further west from the main sugar cane producing area. The incident with the crocs took place in the north east, and I'm way down in the south west outside Cape Town. My part of Africa is more akin to Napa Valley than the Sarangeti.

Ululating Umlungu said...

Virgil, my mom has just reminded me that I have something of a connection to your fraternity brother. Cybil Hulett-Hoskins, (pronounced Huelett) was my godmother. Family legend is that it was thanks to her that I was christened in the Anglican church. The rest of my family, you see, were Methodists. Alas, when the very wealthy lady died she did not remembered me in her will. (The first of many such oversights) I do, however, have a rather nice beer mug given to me by her as a Christening gift.

virgil xenophon said...

UU-guy/

LOL. True story Re: "very wealthy." Roddy married an American girl from Miami, Oklahoma.who had transferred from OU to LSU. Unfortunately for her I was her first date at LSU, but she found safer shores (lol) when I introduced her to Roddy. The amusing part comes from the fact that she was from very middle, middle-class circumstances marrying into great wealth but her grand-parents strongly opposed the marriage because he was a "damned foreigner." LOL!

Ann Althouse said...

Hi, Ululating Umlungu. Thanks for talking with us!

whoresoftheinternet said...

lol. An improvement on the toilet bowl that is South Africa.

You know, the country that went from first world to third world in 20 years. All by putting black people in charge.

Enjoy the decline, morons!

EDH said...

“Due to the number of crocodiles that have been washed away there is a need for expertise, people who have expertise to come and assist,” Mulaudzi said. “So we are just making appeals to anyone ... who has knowledge of catching crocodiles to come and assist.”

Time to pay a visit to Captain Jack!

ironrailsironweights said...

Human: crocodiles taste like chicken.

Crocodile: humans taste like pork.

Peter

Ululating Umlungu said...

Hi, Ululating Umlungu. Thanks for talking with us!

Thank you Professor, I've enjoyed reading your blog for many years. Your eclectic subject matter is often the topic of conversation amongst our family members.