Saturday, 27 April 2013

Holidaymakers warned as it emerges a SECOND Costa Croc could be on the loose around Spanish resort town

A second killer crocodile is feared to be on the loose around the Costa del Sol, days after one was found dead following sightings of a large reptile in the area.

Fresh footprints found near the resort of Mijas, near Marbella in southern Spain, do not match those of the seven-foot-long reptile earlier this week.

The gardener who last month raised the alarm after spotting the creature – dubbed the Costa Croc – also insisted he had seen a bigger animal than the one that was found.

Dead: But authorities in the Spanish resort Mijas are now hunting a second Costa Croc after finding fresh footprints that do not match those of the dead reptile discovered on Tuesday

Mijas mayor Angel Nozal said: ‘We’ve been told the first footprints found do not appear to coincide with the dead animal’s. The search is continuing.’

The lakes where the first crocodile was found, known as Majada Vieja, are near the summer homes of actor Pierce Brosnan and veteran singer Julio Iglesias.

They are also overlooked by holiday apartments where hundreds of British tourists stay at any one time.

Signs remain in place around the lakes, a favourite walking and jogging spot next to a golf club popular with holidaymakers, saying in Spanish: ‘Grave danger. Crocodile on the loose.’

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