Environment team after Nile crocodiles scaring Cairo residents
Crocodile found in Giza sewage handed to a zoo - Photo courtesy Environment Ministry Facebook page

CAIRO: Environment Ministry has launched a search team to capture crocodiles seen swimming in Cairo Nile River, according to a Wednesday statement by the ministry.

A state of fear controlled residents of Haram and Faisal after they reportedly saw crocodiles with their lengths ranging from 70-30 cm swimming in Ismailia conduit.

The ministry’s statement said that two crocodiles were spotted and that the team, with the help of Aswan crocodile unit, will comb the area to remove the crocodiles out of the Nile and transfer them to the Giza zoo.

The sought-after crocodiles in Cairo were denied to be those swimming in Nasser Lake located in South Aswan, according to Wednesday TV statements by Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy who said that “crocodiles cannot swim this long distance,” suggesting that the spotted crocodiles might be illegally raised by residents who possibly threw them after they represented danger to their children.

Illegal hunting of crocodiles in Nasser Lake in Upper Egypt’s city of Aswan, 1,200 km far from Cairo, reportedly takes place in violation with international laws prohibiting the practice. The practice tends to make use of crocodile skins and products in illegal trade.

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