Update: Official statement from MCSA JHB sec:
We are happy to inform everyone that the crocodile that had ventured to Junction Pool, Tonquani has been safely removed from Junction Pool.
He has made a speedy recovery from his or her ordeal and the owners are going to take the necessary measures to keep him from our mountain in future.
For those who thought this was a late April Fool’s / photoshop job… pictures of proof to the right and below.
Just to let everyone know that this weekend we found a fully grown crocodile at Tonquani Junction Pool… a few of us saw it saturday late afternoon when they went for a quick visit to the pool (after some of the group went home when the fire break was done). They took a photo, but of course the rest was extremely skeptical and suspected a practical joke, till sunday morning when we arrived at the pool to do crofton weeding upstream of junction pool. Weeding was forgotten for a while.
Many pictures were taken, then the team did in fact go crofton hunting. The croc stayed immobile, except for opening its eyes, even after 2 hours in the sun, but just as the last members were leaving early pm it showed some signs of life – lifted legs and shifted position. It is probably 2.5 to 3 m long.
Stefan went to beyond help to look for crofton, and said that he looked critically at the terrain and says the chances that the croc come upstream from the north are minimal.
what now? 😉
We have ascertained who the owner is. Just amazing how the croc got to Tonquani. We will keep you informed when it will be re-located.