Severe flooding has devastated parts of China over the past few weeks — in particular, the province of Anhui. Yet, it isn’t only rising water levels that one needs to worry about.
Something also seems to lurking in the overflowing murky waters of Anhui. The local government has warned residents that a total of 92 alligators escaped from a farm earlier this week.
The alligators escaped from the Anhui Research Center for Chinese Alligator Reproduction, which houses over 10,000 reptiles in captivity. The ones that escaped appear to be a critically endangered breed of Chinese alligator, or Yangtze Alligator, that are very close to dying out in the wild.
In its warning to locals, the government said people should not worry, the situation was totally under control as “some” of the alligators had already been caught. Beijing News later reported that “most” of the escaped gators had been tracked down.
This isn’t just bad news for humans, but livestock as well. 3,000 pigs were trapped at a factory farm earlier this week as flood levels rose. Rescuers have managed to save at least 1,000 of these pigs for slaughter. Those that didn’t make it out… well…
By Robin Winship