Mind the snap – crocodile on the loose!

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Plastic toy gives RSPCA officer a giggle


The RSPCA was called by people saying they’d seen a crocodile on the side of a road in Winsford, Cheshire.

When our Animal Collection Officer, Lauren Bradshaw, arrived, she thought at first it was alive too because it was so realistic! Eeek!

Lauren says: “When I heard there might be a crocodile on the loose, I thought I’d better make it snappy and get over there straight away.

“I was looking along the grass verge, then I noticed something on a grid by the roadside. It was very light-coloured and I thought it must be some kind of lizard – but then as I got nearer, it looked just like a small crocodile basking in the sunshine.

Made in China

“I’ve never handled a crocodile before, so I was thinking about the best way to pick it up. But then I noticed some red paint inside its mouth, so I picked it up and just burst out laughing – yes, it was a crocodile, but it was a plastic one made in China!

“We get called out to many things but this was definitely a first,” adds Lauren. “One thing’s for sure – a day in the life of an RSPCA officer is never boring.”




Hello, I'm Christine and I'm part of the team who work on the Animal Action magazine. I've been at the RSPCA for quite a while and just love being part of such a great organisation. My most favourite animals are dogs and I have a soft spot for Westies.

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