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Man arrested with dead croc

Johannesburg -

A man was arrested on Friday morning for possession of a dead crocodile, Tshwane metro police said.

File photo. Credit: AFP

The man was travelling in his bakkie on Moloto Road in Derdepoort near the Pretoria CBD when he was stopped by police around 10.15am for a routine check, said spokesman Console Tleane.

The dead crocodile, 1,8m in length, was found in the back of the man's bakkie.

“The man claimed he had found the animal on a chicken farm in Wallmansthal (north of Pretoria). He claimed the animal was killed as it threatened the chickens.”

The man, 63, told police the dead crocodile was then put in a freezer.

Police arrested the man for possession of a protected animal and he was detained at the Kameeldrift police station.

The man, who faces a possible 10 years in prison or a large fine if found guilty, was expected to appear in court soon.

The carcass was handed over to nature conservation authorities. - Sapa

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