Crocs galore snapped up

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SHARIKA REGC­HAND

A TO­TAL of 6 700 croc­o­diles were snapped up at a crocodile auc­tion held yes­ter­day in Wartburg in the KZN Mid­lands.

Bran­don Pen­tolfe of the Shal­low Drift farm said about 100 buy­ers turned up. Hatch­lings, year­lings, sub-adults and ma­ture breed­ers went un­der the ham­mer. There were 8 500 croc­o­diles on auc­tion.

They were bought for their meat, skin and show pur­poses.

Pen­tolfe would not re­veal how much the auc­tion gen­er­ated or the high­est price fetched. How­ever, he said the prices were what he had been look­ing for. “The auc­tion was def­i­nitely suc­cess­ful.”

Pen­tolfe and his fa­ther Neil had the auc­tion to sell off ex­tra stock.

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