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Twenty-Five Crocodiles Captured In Tamaulipas Streets

September 24, 2013

At least 25 crocs - some of which were up to 10' in length - have been captured roaming urban streets in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas after escaping from a refuge due to flooding caused by Hurricane Ingrid

Tamaulipas, Mexico - Swollen lakes and rivers caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Ingrid have drawn crocodiles into the streets of at least three of the municipalities in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

According to Animal Politico, around 25 crocs - some of which were up to 10 feet in length - have been captured by Mexico's Secretariat of Agrarian Development and Urban Planning, the agency in charge of environmental protection, which will return them to their habitat in the southern part of the state.

Last month, after Tropical Storm Fernand passed through Mexico, three crocodiles were discovered in and around the communities of Tamaulipas. Authorities transported those to lakes outside of the city of Altamira and encouraged residents to report all dangerous animal sightings.

More recently, reports of loose crocodiles following the passage of Tropical Storm Manuel - one of the three storms which battered Mexico and killed over 100 people last week - have also come from the Pacific coast city of Acapulco. Inhabitants of the village of Puerto Marqués, on the outskirts of Acapulco, had a crocodile over 6 feet long roaming their streets. The croc apparently escaped from the nearby ecological reserve of Laguna Negra.

According to the local media, villagers captured the animal and tried to propose a trade to the authorities: they'd return the croc, and the authorities would give them rescue help - which many protested was being selectively given out to the resort city's most privileged residents. An estimated 50 crocodiles escaped from Laguna Negra after heavy rains flooded the sanctuary.

Along with the 100+ confirmed deaths caused by the trifecta of storms, at least 68 more are considered missing after a mudslide buried 40 homes in La Pintada, a coffee growing village in Guerrero state. As rescue efforts continue, authorities fear the death toll could hit more than 200 in the coming days. Twenty-four of Mexico's 31 states have been affected by the storms, with some 58,000 people evacuated and 43,000 in shelters. Around 800,000 people throughout the country have no electricity.