Escaped crocs spotted in river


One of the two one-metre freshwater crocodiles seen in the river near Fitzpatrick Park on Saturday evening.

Story appeared in: Torch | March 7th, 2017



A SEARCH continues in the Georges River for two crocodiles that went missing from a mobile zoo at Sandy Point on Friday afternoon.
The two one-metre freshwater crocodiles were last seen and photographed by a Picnic Point resident kayaking in the river near Fitzpatrick Park on Saturday evening.
A police spokesperson confirmed that a search was underway along the Georges River for the crocodiles, "Snap and Crackle", after staff of the mobile zoo discovered the reptiles were taken from their enclosure about 5.30pm on Friday. There were no signs of forced entry.
Police hold concerns for the crocodiles, as they need to be in a controlled environment, otherwise they are unlikely to survive.
A Milperra resident, who didn't want to be identified, said the passing kayaker told his son-in-law that he had seen two crocodiles in the mangroves.
"You can imagine he got a bit of a fright," he said.
"It's not something you expect to see in the river."
The resident said the kayaker photographed the crocodiles on his mobile phone before they were sent to him, and later forwarded onto the Torch.
"I'm no crocodile hunter, but you would think they wouldn't survive in the cold waters of the Georges River. But you never know, they are young, and they could adapt," he said.
A police spokesperson said officers were initially called to Carinya Road about 8.30pm on Saturday night after reports of a sighting of the two crocodiles, and a search were initiated.
The Police Marine Command is continuing the search today.



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