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Crocodile evades capture once again

LOCAL authorities’ attempt to capture a crocodile, which has recently been spotted in Shanghai’s Huangpu River, failed again yesterday.

A sanitation worker told Shanghai Daily that the crocodile was seen on the mudflat around 9am. The animal has escaped capture several times since it was found last week. The city’s agricultural authorities said they would keep patrolling the area.

Several residents have recently reported witnessing a crocodile, about 80 centimeters long, near the Jinmu Port along the riverside area in Xuhui District.

Experts initially identified it as a Siamese Crocodile, according to the pictures and videos posted online.

This kind of crocodiles don’t attack human beings but they appear very defensive and will attack when provoked.

There are no natural habitats for crocodiles in the city. Currently, Chinese alligators are the only local crocodile species while all other types of crocodiles are from outside China, authorities said.

It is highly likely that the crocodile was either abandoned by its owner or escaped from its breeding farm, they added.

The Siamese Crocodile was listed among state-protected artificial breeding aquatic wildlife in 2019. Farmed crocodiles share the same protection level as wild crocodiles. Selling or buying crocodiles without approval is illegal.


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