Caiman get me

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - News & Views -

SILLY sea­son fish sto­ries usu­ally re­volve around great white sharks that may or may not have been sighted off the UK coast. This Au­gust, how­ever, the na­tional press had a dif­fer­ent preda­tor to play with, in a month that is tra­di­tion­ally quiet for news, when a two-foot caiman was spot­ted on the spill­way at Chew Val­ley. With the wa­ter lev­els lower than usual, an en­gi­neer spot­ted the caiman, some 5,000 miles from its usual home in Cen­tral and South Amer­ica, where the rep­tile reaches lengths up to 10 feet. A close rel­a­tive of the al­li­ga­tor, the caiman was even­tu­ally net­ted af­ter the RSPCA was sum­moned to the North Som­er­set wa­ter, and sent to a croc­o­dile and al­li­ga­tor cen­tre. “It was in good con­di­tion but it wouldn’t have sur­vived the win­ter,” says Eng­land an­gler and Chew reg­u­lar, John Horsey. “We’ve had tur­tles and ter­rap­ins found here be­fore and I can only as­sume this has been sim­i­larly thrown away by some­one who didn’t want it. “When the RSPCA were con­tacted, the of­fi­cer said he wouldn’t be best pleased if it was a hoax. Ap­par­ently, the last time he was called out to cap­ture a ‘croc­o­dile’, it turned out to be plas­tic…”

The caiman is usu­ally found in Cen­tral or South Amer­ica – not Chew.

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