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  Crocodile causing Hong Kong chaos
Updated 11 November 2003, 15.59
Crocodile
A cunning crocodile who has been swimming up and down a Hong Kong river for more than a week might not have many more days of freedom left.

After local animal experts failed to trap the reptile, an Australian crocodile hunter is coming to town.

John Lever reckons he can catch the animal with his "bare hands".

The creature is thought to have escaped from a crocodile farm in southern China. At 5ft long, he's not huge, but authorities say he could be dangerous.

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Sharpshooters with tranquiliser darts were sent out to capture the croc, but he dodged out of the way.

Cages containing chicken were dropped into the water, but the reptile turned his nose up at the bait, deciding to dine on live fish instead.

Local people came down to the river with home-made nets, but the croc kept on swimming.

The Aussie hunter is confident he can catch the fugitive.

If he's successful, a new home is being prepared for the croc at Hong Kong zoo.

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