Crocs on loose not from municipal zoo

Crocs on loose not from municipal zoo

The Tha Lad zoo in Muang district in Nakhon Si Thammarat is flooded. (Photo by Nujaree Raekrun)
The Tha Lad zoo in Muang district in Nakhon Si Thammarat is flooded. (Photo by Nujaree Raekrun)

Crocodiles on the loose in Nakhon Si Thammarat are not from the municipality park and zoo, an official said on Sunday.

Deputy mayor of Nakhon Si Thammarat municipality, Manas Pongyeelar, said all four reptiles owned by the Tha Lad zoo in Muang district are in their cage.

At least 10 crocodiles fled captivity on Saturday and were from a private zoo, he said.

Zoo workers returned to the 14-rai zoo again on Sunday to feed all animals but they could not assess the damage as floodwater made it impossible to check all areas.

At least two of the escaped crocodiles were shot by locals on Saturday. They posted pictures on social media with the skins peeled off, sparking criticism that the images should not have been shown to the public.

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