CROC­O­DILE SHOCK!

Rep­tile spot­ted in River Thames

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By BLAKE LEE news@sun­daysport.co.uk

A DOG walker caused alarm after he caught a croc­o­dile on cam­era swim­ming in the River Thames.

Chris Davies, 46, filmed the beast near Chelsea Har­bour be­fore po­lice were called to deal with it.

The clip shows what ap­pears to be a croc­o­dile’s head floating in the wa­ter.

Amused

Chris said: “It’s not a big one, so I was amused more than any­thing else.”

An RSCPA spokes­woman added: “We haven’t re­ceived any calls to our emer­gency hot­line about a croc­o­dile in the River Thames, but we have seen a video cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia.

“It would be un­usual for a croc­o­dile to be liv­ing in the River Thames and it’s dif­fi­cult to tell from the video if it’s real or not.

“We would en­cour­age any­one who spots the croc­o­dile to con­tact the po­lice first.

“Un­for­tu­nately this sort of thing is not com­pletely un­heard of.

“We had a an­other case pre­vi­ously where a caiman was dumped in a reser­voir in Bris­tol.

“It’s not il­le­gal to own croc­o­diles as pets in the UK, un­der li­cence, so there’s a chance this one in the Thames was aban­doned by its owner.

Strange

“This is a very strange case and we of course would dis­cour­age own­ers from aban­don­ing pet croc­o­diles in this way.”

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