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    Gaza Strip: "The Rock" back behind Bars

    Gaza police catch crocodile after 2 years on lam

    By DIAA HADID | Associated Press 8 hrs ago

    Associated Press/Hatem Moussa - Sakher, a crocodile captured and named by Palestinian police after it lived in a sewage pond since fleeing the zoo in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip two years ago, is seen through cage bars, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Police officer Lt. Col. Samih al-Sultan says after weeks of chasing the reptile, they finally caught him by entangling him in shark nets. The crocodile was originally bought into blockaded Gaza through a smuggling tunnel linking the territory to neighboring Egypt. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) It took an Internet search, shark nets and two weeks of floating in a sewage pond, but Gaza policemen said Tuesday that they have finally captured a crocodile that was terrifying residents.

    The 1.75-meter (5-feet-9-inch) crocodile fled his zoo enclosure two years ago and crawled about a kilometer (half a mile) to a large sewage pit near the northern Gaza Strip town of Umm al-Naser, said Lt. Col. Samih al-Sultan, who led the hunt.

    "He had a lot of spirit in him. He wanted to be free,"
    al-Sultan said, watching the crocodile in its new home in a pond with four other crocodiles in a zoo under construction in nearby Beit Lahiya.
    "We hope he lives a good life here with his wives,"
    he said.

    Residents said they didn't leave their houses in the evenings, fearing the scary reptile they say ate their ducks and goats.
    "We were afraid he would eat us,"
    said farmer Hassan Mohammed of Umm al-Nasser.

    Wastewater workers discovered the crocodile in the pit about two months ago, al-Sultan said. Lacking experience in crocodile hunting, he said he went to the Internet to see how to catch the reluctant reptile. Fishing nets were recommended.

    So a team of six policemen and fishermen sat in a boat in the sewage pit for eight hours a day for two weeks, trying to catch the crocodile with the nets.
    After several failed attempts, they drained the pond, leaving the croc with nowhere to hide. Then they used tougher shark nets to snare him.
    Al-Sultan said he grew to like and respect the reptile. He named him "sakher," Arabic for "rock," in praise of his stubborn attempt to remain free.

    The crocodile was brought drugged into blockaded Gaza through a smuggling tunnel under the Egypt-Gaza border four years ago, said zoo worker Emad al-Qanoua. It wasn't clear how it managed to escape from the zoo in the first place.
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    Fugitive Gaza crocodile returns to zoo
    Published yesterday (updated) 06/11/2012 20:28

    Shadows of people are cast against the water as a crocodile enters its
    enclosure at a zoo in the northern Gaza Strip on Nov. 6.
    (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)


    GAZA CITY (Reuters) -- A crocodile on the run for the past 18 months has been returned to a Gaza zoo, police said Tuesday.

    The 1.8 meter-long reptile was spotted several weeks ago in sewage pools in the northern Gaza Strip, and villagers complained he had been eating their livestock.

    Police called in fishermen, who netted the crocodile Monday.

    "He's a beautiful troublemaker," police spokesman Ayman al-Batniji said.

    "We really sweated to take him alive."

    The fugitive was returned to the zoo and reunited with four other crocodiles.

    Owners of the zoo said the crocodile had grown considerably since his escape, and they decided to name him "Sakher", or Rock, as a tribute to his survival.

    Fugitive Gaza crocodile returns to zoo | Maan News Agency

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    Jeez, that zoo enclosure water doesn't look much better than a sewage pond itself!

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