A humongous crocodile caused panic at Chiredzi District Hospital on Monday morning after it was spotted in a storm drain at the health facility.
Acting Chiredzi District Hospital medical superintendent Dr David Tarumbwa confirmed the incident but said the reptile did not attack anyone from the time it was spotted at around 4 AM until it was captured and translocated by a team from Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority(Zimparks). He said:
It was just a crocodile that was seen within the hospital area around 4 am but it did not attack anyone. No one was injured.
The situation was managed very well and the crocodile was taken by Zimparks and deposited in Chiredzi River.
We thank God that the situation was managed bit a crocodile is dangerous even to a beast(cow) what more to a human being.
I think there’s a need to improve security at institutions like hospitals because there is a lot of movement caused by heavy rains that have been falling.
The development was substantiated by Chiredzi District Administrator and Civil Protection Unit chair Lovemore Chisema.
Chisema refuted claims that huge reptile might be the work of juju, saying it could have strayed from a canal because of rising water levels. He said:
Yes, we woke up this morning(Monday) to a scare over a crocodile that was in a storm drain at Chiredzi Hospital but it didn’t attack anyone until it was removed from the place by a team from Zimparks.
The good thing is that authorities at the hospital managed to make sure the crocodile remained at the same place(storm drain) until it was removed by guys from parks who tool it to Chiredzi River about 16km from the hospital.
Heavy rains have been falling here for days and these animals(crocodiles) even also get confused sometimes so maybe it just strayed from a canal because of rising water levels. I don’t think there is more to it.