At least 10 crocodiles have broken loose from a zoo in Nakhon Si Thammarat province of Thailand after floods hit the area.
According to a government official, all the reptiles, deer and rare bird species had escaped from Tha Lad Zoo that houses more than 10 crocodiles, some measuring up to five metre long, Xinhua news agency reported.
Authorities said crocodiles were swimming through rising flood waters and warned the locals to take special caution.
Municipal workers tried to locate the animals in order to keep them away from populated areas but the rising water level made the task complicated.
Deputy Mayor Manas Pongyeelar was quoted as confirming that the crocodiles were missing from the zoo, adding authorities were patrolling the park to locate them.
“I was informed that some crocodiles could have escaped from the Tha Lad Zoo due to the high level of flood waters,” he told local media.
The reptiles, he said, were being located to prevent them from reaching populated areas but municipal workers faced a challenging task due to rising water levels.
Two days ago, residents in the Muang district had reportedly shot dead to other crocs, measuring 3-4 meters long, that broke loose from a private farm due to the floods.