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8-foot crocodile breaks window and bails out of zoo van

Australia Crocodile
(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Drivers in St. Augustine, Florida had quite an interesting encounter after an 8-foot crocodile jumped out of a zoo van and into traffic. The incident occurred on Tuesday around 3:15 p.m. near the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Officials say the van was transporting the animal about two minutes away from it’s original destination when the animal broke free. “This animal broke the back window of the van and made a dash down the road,” according to a report from the zoo’s Facebook page. Drivers in the area captured two female zookeepers playing tug-of – war with the animal in an attempt to get it back into the van as it attempted to crawl across a median.

General curator Gen Anderson and reptile zookeeper Karsyn McCreedy are credited with containing the animal. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm reported that they undergo extensive training : “This is why we have extensive training and do drills, to prepare for moments like this.”