CROCODILE THAT ATE 80 PEOPLE

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CROCODILE THAT ATE 80 PEOPLE

 user 2005-03-12 at 10:43:00 am Views: 158
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    Killer crocodile snared in Uganda
    16-foot beast ate scores of people, officials sayMarch , 2005

    KAMPALA, Uganda – A
    16-foot-long (5-meter-long) crocodile said to have eaten more than 80 people has
    been caught alive in Uganda and transferred to a sanctuary, officials said
    Tuesday.

    The giant beast —
    weighing about a ton — was captured by wildlife experts who spent three nights
    camping in the bush before locating their target.

    Residents told
    local media the crocodile killed 83 people over the last two decades, mostly
    fishermen plying their trade on Lake Victoria off the shores of Bugiri
    district.

    “Much as the
    residents of Luganga wanted to kill the reptile after our rangers had captured
    it, it is our responsibility to protect it by removing it from that area and
    keeping it in a safe place,” Uganda Wildlife Authority spokeswoman Lillian
    Nsubuga told Reuters.

    The beast —
    reportedly more than 60 years old — was trapped using ropes and transported by
    pickup truck to the Buwama crocodile farm, west of the capital,
    Kampala.

    The state-owned New
    Vision newspaper said it “roared” as it was released into a holding ground at
    the farm Monday.

    Crocodiles
    sometimes attack and kill villagers collecting water or fishing in Lake
    Victoria, Africa’s biggest lake.