CAIRO: The Ministry of Environment handed a 90-centimenter-long crocodile found in the sewage to Giza Zoo Thursday, according to a ministry statement.
A citizen had reported to the ministry that a crocodile swims in the Beshlawy sewage in Giza’s town of Nahia.
The Aswan-based Crocodile Unit fixed nets at the entrances and exits of the sewage and the Ministry of Irrigation reduced the level of water to decrease the reptile’s ability to swim.
The crocodile was safely extracted out of the water, and it was identified as a three-kilo female aged a year to a year and a half. Nile crocodiles live for up to 45 years.
The zoo will examine the crocodile to make sure it is clear of diseases.
It is unclear how the crocodile reached the sewage, but an expert from the ministry speculated that someone got rid of it into the sewage, according to the statement.
Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy ordered that the entire area be inspected to ensure no other crocodiles are swimming in the sewage.
Crocodiles were often seen in Egypt’s Nile River before the High Dam was built in the 60s; they have mainly only existed in Egypt behind the Dam in Aswan since then.