Four crocodiles are having the time of their lives dodging authorities and painting the town dark green after they escaped from a farm destroyed by heavy floods in Shantou, Guangdong province.
According to China Daily, 20 crocodiles have been caught so far but four remain at large. The tetrapods escaped when floods triggered by Typhoon Utor caused the wall of a privately owned crocodile farm to collapse.
The owner of the farm, surnamed Zhou, told the Southern Metropolis Daily that there were three layers of concrete walls around the farm, with the highest about 2.3 meters tall.
“But the water level rose very quickly. And the flow of torrential water destroyed the wall,” Zhou said.
According to Zhou, some 14,300 crocodiles are living on the farm and all are of the Crocodylus siamensis species, which can reach 500 kilograms in weight and 3 meters in length.
Rumours on Weibo that at least two people had been bitten by the crocodiles have not been confirmed by the authorities.
More photos of the crocodiles (first is of the farm before floods), and video of one of the animals being captured: