24/01/2013 11:49 GMT | Updated 25/01/2013 07:07 GMT

15,000 Crocodiles Escape From South Africa's Rakwena Farm

Around 15,000 crocodiles have reportedly escaped from a farm in South Africa.

The owner of Rakwena Crocodile Farm was apparently forced to open the gates of the farm after floods and rain caused the nearby Limpopo river to rise and led to a storm surge, the BBC said.

The reptiles are reportedly being spotted as far away as Musina, which is 120km from the farm's site close to Pondrif.

Around 15,000 crocodiles escaped from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm (file picture)

In something of an understatement, Zane Langman, whose father owns the farm, told Beeld newspaper: "There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River. Now there are many."

Admitting one of the beasts had been found on a school football pitch, he added: "We will catch them as the farmers call us and say there are crocodiles."

Around half of the animals have been returned, but thousands still remain on the loose, The Telegraph said.

According to the company's website, there are usually 15,000 crocodiles in the farm pens, meaning the incident saw the escape of every animal.

It also advertises crocodile leather belts, hats, purses, rifle slings and "tasty crocodile meat" dishes.

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