Crocs are go­ing un­der ham­mer

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SHARIKA REGC­HAND

IT’S ONE of those auc­tions where the high­est bid­der bet­ter have his ducks in a row. Okay, maybe ducks aren’t ap­pro­pri­ate. Let’s rather say a dam with a very high fence would be bet­ter.

The first of its kind crocodile auc­tion takes place to­mor­row at the Shal­low Drift farm in Wartburg in the KZN Mid­lands.

Neil Pen­tolfe and his son Bran­don, who own the crocodile farm, will be sell­ing off ex­tra stock, and those who come shop­ping had bet­ter keep their gloves on.

“This is an or­ches­trated sale to showcase an an­i­mal-friendly sys­tem and to of­fer top-qual­ity hatch­lings, year­lings, sub-adults and ma­ture breed­ers which orig­i­nate from a va­ri­ety of re­gional gene pools,” said Bran­don.

The croc­o­diles are used for meat (yes, some peo­ple eat them, not the other way round) and their skins are ex­ported world­wide.

“We are sell­ing the croc­o­diles be­cause we have more than we need, Bran­don added.

The auc­tion takes place at the farm at 11am. Bid­ders are ad­vised to bring a cage.

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