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Authorities warn of alligators on the loose on Saigon River

Friday, September 11, 2020, 11:32 GMT+7
Authorities warn of alligators on the loose on Saigon River
A small alligator on the Te Canal in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, July 14, 2020 is seen in this supplied photo.

The administration of District 12 in Ho Chi Minh City has issued an official warning to residents regarding the presence of wild alligators near the Saigon River.

The People’s Committee of District 12 has ordered lower-level administrations, including those in Thanh Loc, Thanh Xuan, and An Phu Dong Wards, to caution local residents against the threat of alligator attacks on the Saigon River.

The order was given in a document issued on Wednesday following reports of alligator sightings near Phu Cuong Ferry Terminal in neighboring Binh Duong Province.

The leaders of District 12 have also called on locals to inform authorities immediately of alligator sightings so that animal control agencies can handle the threat as soon as possible

District 12 chairman Le Truong Hai Hieu told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday that local leaders had received reports of alligators on the loose from officials in Binh Duong Province and, accordingly, warn their residents.

Hieu also noted that the district has prepared to respond to future sightings of alligators at large.

Back in July, locals in Ho Chi Minh City also spotted an alligator on the loose in the Te Canal, a tributary of the Saigon River, in District 4The reptile was caught on the same day thanks to swift intervention by local authorities.

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Xuan Tung - Thao Le / Tuoi Tre News

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