The idyllic serenity of the farm was shattered last Friday when approximately 30 crocodiles escaped from their concrete enclosures. The farm, which has the notable occupation of rearing as many as 70 crocodiles, was hit off guard by the unforgiving rage of Mother Nature; a fallen tree courtesy of a particularly violent thunderstorm wrecked havoc, damaging two of its concrete ponds and as a result, creating an exit way for the crocodiles to embark on their unexpected adventure.
In the pursuit to regain order and safety, the province’s Fishery Department and rescue authorities sprung into action. By Friday night, their relentless efforts resulted in the retrieval of 26 on-the-run crocodiles. It was a relief that no harm befell any human during this hair-raising incident. Even though the crocodiles exacted their short-lived freedom, their captivity was reinstated without any individual paying the price in terms of injury or life.
The weekend ushered in the arrival of Natthapat Suwanprateep, the provincial governor, who inundated the locale to express his gratitude to the officials for their unparalleled effort and commitment. In his interaction with the media, he shed light on how the farm has been duly registered with the Fishery Department and is designed with 10 sizable ponds.
Carrying the seriousness of the situation into the future, the governor assured that a meticulous inspection of five out of seven natural ponds and swamps located in proximity to the farm has already been carried out. The objective of this operation was to ascertain any traces of the escapees. He projected that the two remaining ponds would be checked for crocodile presence in the ensuing hours.
Cautioning the general public, he urged residents to avoid fishing and swimming in these identified sites until all the crocodiles have been safely recaptured and are back in their ensnared environment. Furthermore, he emphasized the need for officials to be vigilant and circumspect while trying to confine the elusive remainder of four or five crocodiles still enjoying their unpremeditated liberty.