Hundreds of Crocodiles on the Loose in Bangkok’s Suburbs [SLIDESHOW]

 
on October 30 2011 4:20 AM
  • Hundreds of Crocodiles on the Loose in Bangkok’s Suburbs [PHOTOS]
    Residents look at a captured crocodile in a boat in a flooded area of the Bangbuatong district of Nonthaburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok, on Oct. 23. Reuters
  • Hundreds of Crocodiles on the Loose in Bangkok’s Suburbs (PHOTOS)
    Residents carry a crocodile captured from a flooded area at the Bangbuatong district of Nonthaburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok October 23, 2011. Reuters
  • Hundreds of Crocodiles on the Loose in Bangkok’s Suburbs (PHOTOS)
    Residents tie up two captured crocodiles at a flooded area in Bangbuatong district in Nonthaburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok October 23, 2011. Reuters
  • Hundreds of Crocodiles on the Loose in Bangkok’s Suburbs (PHOTOS)
    Thai rescue workers sit next to a crocodile caught in a flooded area in Ayutthaya province October 15, 2011. Reuters/Sukree Sukplang
  • Hundreds of Crocodiles on the Loose in Bangkok’s Suburbs (PHOTOS)
    Seven crocodile heads are seen hanging on a tree after Thai villagers caught them in a flooded area in Ayutthaya province October 15, 2011. Reuters/Sukree Sukplang
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As the floodwater from high tides inundate areas north of Thailand's capital city of Bangkok, residents there face another serious issue: Hundreds of crocodiles have reportedly escaped from crocodile farms nearby.

There are many crocodile farms in Thailand that were created mainly to supply crocodile skin.

Authorities have warned people about the crocodiles, and have sent out hunters to capture the reptiles. There have been no reports of any croc-related fatalities so far. 

However, there have been reports of crocodiles being shot dead by panicky residents. The government is now offering 1,000 baht (about $33) for each crocodile captured alive. This has motivated residents to attempt the capture of the reptiles by tying them up with rope or wire before handing them over to officials.

Check out photographs of the crocodile hunt in Thailand.

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