In the Chinese city of Maoming, an operation has begun to search for 75 crocodiles that escaped during the flood that hit the region.
75 crocodiles escaped from a Chinese farm during floods
Local authorities have launched an operation to search for 75 crocodiles that escaped during flooding caused by prolonged rainfall that began last week due to a typhoon. Floods have affected Hong Kong and other areas.
One of Maoming County's commercial crocodile farms was flooded and 75 animals escaped. Residents of the nearby village of Peng Kun were urged to remain in their homes after crocodiles were spotted in the area.
A local emergency management official said authorities were actively working to capture the escaped reptiles, but did not say how many of them were has already been caught.
Videos published in the state newspaper Beijing News show rescuers on special boats inspecting flooded areas. Other footage shows crocodiles lying on the road with their jaws tied.
In China, crocodiles are bred for their skin and meat, which is sometimes used in traditional medicine. In the area of the incident there is a crocodile theme park and the country's largest breeding base for these animals.