Move over Chicken Little. There is something even more terrifying than the sky itself falling. According to news outlets in Sichuan province, a 62-year-old grandmother of three awoke to find a very alive, very angry crocodile in her garden. Seeing as there is a wall around the area, she could only guess that the croc arrived in her backyard via airmail. This situation is even more bizarre than the woman who was hurt when frozen poop from an airplane crashed through her roof.
The Chinese grandmother, Ms. Fan, who lives in Zigong City, found the reptile over the weekend. Fortunately, she saw the 3-foot long predator before she went out to check on her plants. She could not believe her eyes. After calling the local government office, she learned no wildlife officials could help her for three days. Undoubtedly they were dealing with the town overrun by macaques. Keeping the garden gate closed and locked, she began describing the situation to neighbors in her apartment building. They quickly explained that while she lived on the ground floor, residents on the fifth floor raised crocodiles.
Unfortunately, the crocodile raisers were not home. Other residents of the apartment building then decided to wrangle the reptile on their own. It took four hours before they were able to lure the crocodile out of the garden and into the courtyard. This allowed the six men to distract and surround the aquatic beast. Amazingly, they were able to tape the predator’s mouth shut with duct tape before putting it inside a green bag and suffered only minor cuts and bruises in the process. The men then carried it to a nearby police station, which contacted the local branch of the Beijing Wildlife Protection Service.
With the reptile out of her garden, but still haunting her thoughts, Ms. Fan tried to calm her nerves with some gardening. When she went to get tools out of the shed, she noticed a large dent in its roof. Exactly five floors above were the balcony and apartment where the neighbors illegally farmed crocodiles. Authorities concluded that one slipped through the railing, fell nearly 50 feet onto the shed, and then slid into the garden. Shockingly, the reptile showed no signs of injury despite its wicked airtime.