Russia declares crocodile alert in southern republics

Hardly has the dust settled from terrible shark attacks in the country’s Far East than another sharp-toothed predator started spoiling the last days of summer in the cold country.

An adult crocodile was spotted in a river in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, scaring the wits out of tourists and locals.

Rescue services have been trying to catch the animal since August 16, but so far all their efforts, including setting meat traps, have proved unsuccessful.

The local mayor plans to put the animal in a zoo once it is found. Until then, locals are being advised to remain extremely vigilant near the river.

This comes after a second shark attack in two days rocked Russia’s Primorye region, with the deadly fish savaging a 16-year-old boy.

The teenager managed to fight the shark off and escape with his life, but suffered several laceration wounds to his hip, with an artery being severed.

The victim received first aid on the beach and was transferred by boat to a hospital in the region’s main city, Vladivostok. The teenager’s life is not currently in danger.

Earlier the predator ripped the arms off of a 25-year-old man.

Officials have taken the emergency measure of banning swimming along the entire coastline of Khasanky district.

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