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Crocodile found after two-year search

Crocodile Found After Two-Year Search
A crocodile on the lam has finally been captured.

A dangerous Nile crocodile weighing in at 37 lbs. had evaded capture for two years. It was finally found around the Everglades National Park in Florida.

According to WTVT, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the dangerous animal escaped from a facility down in Miami, which is more than 60 miles away from the Everglades.

WTSP notes that before escaping from Miami, the croc had originally lived in the Nile in Africa.

Now, Fish and Wildlife has opened up a criminal probe. Investigators say this croc escaped years ago with two others. Those two were found in 2009 and 2012.

Officials started searching for this 37-pound crocodile after a scientist spotted it in Florida two years ago. Then last week, a group looking for pythons saw the croc and called park authorities.

The five-foot-long beast was then captured. Luckily for rescuers, the animal wasn't even longer. Nile crocodiles can grow up to 17 feet long.

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VIPRLARES March 17 2014 at 10:03 AM

I wonder how many American crocs he mate with?

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John Paul Telhomme March 17 2014 at 6:57 PM

h, no! Or, maybe, yes. The croc is from the Nile in Africa and therefore a very dangerous creature, more so than the ubiquitous Florida aligaors. It is just as dngerous as the African snail. Beware! No doubt, the aligators and pythons and rattle snakes all over Florida make for better and gentle American pets.

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crelic March 17 2014 at 10:31 AM

That's a croc of sh*t......

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mdbass201 March 17 2014 at 8:36 AM

Shoot the croc and all the snakes that don't belong in the everglades. Man brought them here for pets and their killing the native animals. It's just a matter of time before they kill a child then all hell will break loose.

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tugsboat mdbass201 March 17 2014 at 8:40 AM

Maybe we should deal a little more "Harshly " with those who release non native species into our environment!

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delboat1 tugsboat March 17 2014 at 8:56 AM

Could start with the Mexican government.

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Chris and Craig March 17 2014 at 6:55 PM

When you play golf down there in Miami, they have signs saying they are protected and you cannot go near them. If one attacked me, my 5 iron would be more than a golf club...not a happy choice, but they do attack by instinct.

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bbbob57 Chris and Craig March 17 2014 at 9:12 PM

actually my experience trying to photograph the nile croc suggests they are just as scared of humans as we are of them; but in water....not much is more ferocious.

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jrsurferboy March 17 2014 at 10:37 AM

nice florida doggy...

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steph March 17 2014 at 10:39 AM

drove down Tamiami trail and watched a group of people taking pics of a BIG alligator on the side of the road...he just laid there basking in the sun...

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esamoht March 17 2014 at 10:40 AM

Wonder if it would taste like chicken

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Ashleigh esamoht March 17 2014 at 10:45 AM

Why should we wonder? You do it.

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cherylhaass March 17 2014 at 10:40 AM

Seriously, how much more dangerous is it than a 5 foot American Alligator. It couldn't interbreed with gators, and unless there are a lot more out there than they are admitting, ONE would not be able to reproduce alone. Keep working on the pythons--THEY are a real danger.

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iamchurchladytoo cherylhaass March 17 2014 at 10:53 AM

Cheryl, it is more aggressive. It will attack not run...

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tropicalriderceo cherylhaass March 17 2014 at 10:54 AM

it might be able to breed with the American Crocodile, and since the Nile is a more agressive croc, wind up creating a situation like the killer bee problem

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fbarb720 March 17 2014 at 6:54 PM

Of course it took 2 years to find it.....a dangerous, man eating 5 FOOT 37 POUND CROCADILE, could hide anywhere! Shelby...where are you when we need you!!!

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