Croc shock for German cops

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German police were called to make an unusual arrest on Thursday, seizing a crocodile peacefully going about its business on the streets of the small town of Gross-Rohrheim.

Police received a call at around 2:00 am (0000 GMT) from a worried resident swearing there was a crocodile in the street.

Initially suspicious of a hoax, police who went to investigate were stunned to find that the reports were accurate.

"It is true that the officers were not especially well trained to catch crocodiles, but they were gutsy," police said in a statement.

"With a great deal of finesse -- according to the officers' report -- they managed to outsmart the reptile, temporarily bind up its jaws and take it into police custody," added the statement.

Suspicion quickly fell on a small circus that was visiting the town at the time. Police took the offending croc back to the big top and its grateful owners.

© 2010 AFP

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