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'Terrorist' crocodile killed for blocking hospital entrance in Zimbabwe

'Terrorist' crocodile killed for blocking hospital entrance in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

<p>Authorities in Zimbabwe on Thursday shot and killed a huge crocodile that had blocked the entrance of a hospital located in the town of Hwange.</p> <p>The reptile had stationed itself at the gate of the St. Patrick’s hospital preventing people from entering or leaving the facility for about two hours.</p> <p>Tinashe Farawo, spokesman of Zimbabwe Parks and wildlife authority defended the shooting saying the reptile had been put down “because it had become a threat to life.”</p> <p>Community members expressed surprise at incident given that the closest large water body was estimated to be some 10 kilometers from the hospital.</p> <p>According to a local portal, Bulawayo24.com, a community leader, one Chief Shana averred that based on local belief, there was a suspicion the crocodile was pursuing someone it had failed to finish off earlier in the day.</p> <p>The hospital authorities, however, said no patient had been admitted with crocodile-related injuries.</p> <p>The Parks and Wildlife official explained to <span class="caps">AFP</span> news agency that the increase in rains meant there had been several recent reports of crocodile attacks in the country.</p> <p>One woman was killed in the capital Harare as she crossed a stream, while another boy escaped in the south-east of the country.</p>