Ana:David, have you ever heard of a crocodile farm?
David:I didn't know you could milk a crocodile!
Ana:Not that kind of farm, silly!Anyway, there is a crocodile farm in South Africa that raises the reptiles.When they are fully grown, their skins are sold to the fashion industry.Recently, the farm had to free fifteen thousand of them.
David:Why?Were there animal rights protests?
Ana:No.The farm is close to the Limpopo River, which is having problems with flooding.The farm let the crocodiles go because they feared that the raging flood waters would crush the walls of their house and kill them.
David:So there are fifteen thousand crocodiles roaming free?
Ana:Almost.Now that the waters have subsided, the farmers and local police are beginning to retrieve the reptiles.So far they have recovered five thousand.
David:How are they catching them?Are they using giant crocodile nets?
Ana:Actually, most of them are only six feet long, which is not very big for a crocodile.To catch them, experts are using bands to tie the reptile's legs to its back.Until they are all recovered, locals are warned not to get in the water.
David:We're not even close to South Africa, but I'm staying out of the water, too!
Source: Reuters (http://reut.rs/14cq2Ce)