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Croc shock for Hessian cops

AFP · 1 Jul 2010, 14:39

Published: 01 Jul 2010 14:39 GMT+02:00

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Police received a call at around 2:00 am from a worried resident swearing there was a one-metre-long crocodile in the street. Initially suspicious of a hoax, police who went to investigate were stunned to find that the reports were accurate.

"It is true that the officers were not especially well trained to catch crocodiles, but they were gutsy," police said in a statement.

"With a great deal of finesse - according to the officers' report - they managed to outsmart the reptile, temporarily bind up its jaws and take it into police custody."

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Suspicion quickly fell on a small circus that was visiting the town at the time. Police took the offending croc back to the big top and its grateful owners.

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17:22 July 1, 2010 by William Thirteen
drat foiled again!
18:44 July 1, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
Ich bin Schnappi, das kleiner Krokodil.

Du hast mir gescnapt!
21:41 July 1, 2010 by Henckel
Cute crocodile. Reminds me of the alligator that was found abandoned in a park three years ago here in Ludington, Michigan, USA.
07:41 July 2, 2010 by wood artist
Okay, I'm not really picking on the writer here, but exactly how does a crocodile "peacefully go [ing] about its business?" Personally, I have no idea, but the statement sounds interesting.

Does he snarl when others cross his path? Does he wave to people who seem friendly and not too scared? Does he wait for the light to cross the street? Did he give a friendly sniff to the guy at the doner stand?

I'm glad it all turned out all right, but the phrase does conjure up some interesting images.

10:33 July 2, 2010 by JAMessersmith
Statement issued by PENTAH (People For the Ethical and Naïve Treatment of Anthropomorphized Humanimals):

"We at PENTAH are saddened to learn of the unjustified apprehension of an innocent crocodile in the Hessian town of Groß-Rohrheim yesterday. We can say with confidence that this humanimal was specie-profiled, and was not afforded its basic human rights. It should have only been taken into custody if and when it maimed someone, at which point it should have been afforded due process via trial by jury. Having escaped the constant indignity and humiliation of the circus, the aforementioned humanimal was on its path to freedom until it was so blatantly robbed of its right to the pursuit of happiness by local police. We have already filed the necessary paperwork to obtain the release of the persecuted crocodilian, and hope its rights will be respected in the future... at least until it bites off someone's foot".
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