Thursday, April 3, 2014

Uganda: " Hounds freeze in silence bewitched by the reptile spell "

The NZ Herald reports

Giant, man-eating crocodile caught in Uganda

                                       A giant crocodile caught by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Photo / AFP

A giant, one-tonne crocodile has been caught by Ugandan villagers, after allegedly eating a man and maiming several others in a village.

A bit of competition for Museveni. Actually it is good to be blogging about a real crocodile rather than the human variety.

The reptile was captured by the Uganda Wildlife Authority after a four-day hunt along the shores of Lake Victoria, in Kakira village.

The crocodile, believed to be approximately 80-years-old, was trapped by officials using meat on a hook and transported out of the village on a truck while more than 100 residents watching.

I am glad they didn't adopt the Western Australia approach. A dog urinating on a lamppost isn't being anti social it is being a dog.  

"Residents appealed to UWA to hunt the crocodile following the death of a resident from Kakira town council in Jinja district," a UWA official told The New Vision Ugandan daily.

The reptile's presence proved problematic for local fisherman, who became too scared to approach the lake until it was caught.

I can't say that I blame them.
                         A giant crocodile caught by volunteers from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Photo / Donald Kiirya

The crocodile has since been transferred to the Murchison Falls National Park. At 1,000 kg, it weighs just 75 kg less than Lolong, the world's largest crocodile, who died last year.

I am guessing that Murchison Falls National Park well at least the water ways just got a new CEO.

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