Crocodile on riverbank spooks cops near Berlin

Police in Berlin are trying to find out how a 1.20-metre-long dead crocodile turned up on the banks of the Oberhavel in Spandau.

Crocodile on riverbank spooks cops near Berlin
Not the one they found in Spandau Photo: DPA

The crocodile spooked officers called to the scene, who initially assumed it was still alive and were preparing to try to catch it with a dog-catcher’s lasso.

When the animal did not move, they carefully approached it and established it was dead – and loaded it into a body bag instead.

Efforts are being made to trace the animal’s owner, as it is thought unlikely that it had been swimming around in the river.

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