UPDATE: Crocodile at Tonquani


Crocodile captured at Tonquani

The croc getting ready to be carried out.

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.



Crocodile captured at Tonquani

The croc being escorted out of the area.


Hi Everyone,

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.


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11 Responses to UPDATE: Crocodile at Tonquani

  1. Albert May 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    I checked the calender, and it is not the 1’st of April..
    That is one big croc!

  2. NiC May 29, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    that is seriously surprising, crocs have been known to travel upto 200km on land. But over this terrain is pretty impressive! Big Question is…. did he have a MCSA permit?

  3. Andy Davies May 29, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    Awesome – welcome to Africa people. Just a bit confused about “We have ascertained who the owner is” Did someone lose him while they took him for a walk?

  4. Neil Margetts May 29, 2013 at 9:04 am #


    Perhaps he was already there when the Tradathon was on. Many climbers walking past him (or her), and being watched with interest. Perhaps one beginner while waiting for her turn, sat down on the nearby convenient large tree stump to rest. And yes Nic, it did not have a MCSA permit!

    Just for the record, I did not write this report, it was Otti (The Great Crofton Killer) from the MCSA Magalies section.

  5. Shaun Fink May 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Wow! That’s awesome! Any ideas where he is from?

  6. Chris F May 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    C’mon tell us where he came from? Was he a pet? Can’t think of any wildlife parks or anything nearby.

  7. shorti May 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Plumari game lodge as far as I heard. I’m planning to go look for it over the weekend, if I don’t return…

    Btw, there’s a leopard in the area too.

  8. jacques May 30, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Erm, am i the only one thinking the ppl in the pics should look up some info on exactly how fast crocodiles can move from of a stationary position…?! yikes!
    see paragraph 9 on ‘acceleration’…

  9. Juli May 31, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    I was thinking the same thing Jacques….insane!

  10. Gustav May 31, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    First impression – fantastic photoshopping!

    Second look – run for your life!

  11. DeanVdm May 31, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Gustav: you would be surprised to see the next batch of photos which have cunningly been created to show actors posing in two-tone shirts (“wildbewaarder” type attire) with a net and long pole carrying the “crocodile” across very realistic Magalies terrain! If it is on the Internet it must be true!

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