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