Monday, 6 June 2011

Did you get some good holiday snaps? Hunt is on for two alligators spotted lurking in fishing lake - in NORFOLK

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:43 PM on 4th June 2011

A holidaymaker claims to have spotted two alligators lurking in a lake - in East Anglia.

He called the police after catching sight of the reptiles in the water at a holiday park in Wortwell, Norfolk.

Police confirmed they are investigating the sighting but despite scouring the park, neither creature has been found.

Visitors to the 60-acre Waveney Valley Lakes are keeping their eyes peeled for the pair - and are giving the fishing lakes a wide berth.

Park manager Dave Potter, 58, told The Sun: 'It has caused quite a stir.

'We have 90 plots for caravans and lodges, so there are a lot of people here.

'The police had a good look around but didn't find anything.'

Norfolk Police confirmed a member of the public called to report he had seen the alligators and officers informed the park's owners.

Alligator expert Dr Laura Brandt said it was possible the alligators had been released or found their way to the water.

She warned: 'They will eat anything that moves.'

Native to the U.S. and China, the alligator is notorious for its bone-crushing bites and has existed for 200million years.

A large American alligator can weigh 800 pounds and can grow to more than 13 feet long. Their average lifespan is 50 years.

The park's website said the lakes at Waveney - about 15 miles south of Norwich - were excavated in 1942 to provide the materials for the construction of many local airfields for the Allied Air Forces war effort.

The fishery originated in the 1960s when thousands of carp, tench and bream were introduced to the lakes. It now attracts anglers from miles around.

The website states the park is a 'natural haven for wildlife' including kingfishers, herons, grebes and three species of bats.

Meanwhile, police shot a concrete lawn ornament in the shape of an alligator in the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri, this week after thinking it was real.

The drama began when a neighbour who had not seen the fake alligator before called 911 to report that his children had spotted it while playing in some nearby woods.

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