10 Nov '11, 11am

Bangkok appoints crocodile hunters

Bangkok appoints crocodile hunters

BANGKOK, Thailand: Fear of crocodiles in Bangkok floodwaters has prompted the creation of a special unit -- the Crocodile Rescue Team -- to investigate sightings. Sightings of crocodiles lurking in the floodwaters have sent jitters among residents of flood-hit Bangkok. However, there has been no confirmed reports of crocodiles attacking humans amid the floods. Crocodiles only attack humans when they fear for their own survival. In fact, crocodiles are just as scared of humans as humans are of the reptiles. But it is no comfort to frightened residents, who have reported chickens and dogs suddenly going missing. The Crocodile Rescue Team is a specially set up unit from the Fisheries Department to investigate these claims. A Thai crocodile-sighting witness said: "I saw a crocodile, so I called authorities. It was around 3am when I saw it. I could see its whole body, from head...

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