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Fugitive crocodile captured after 18 months on the run in Gaza

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A crocodile on the run from a Gaza zoo for the past 18 months was finally captured on Tuesday, police said.

GAZA - A crocodile on the run from a Gaza zoo for the past 18 months has finally been captured, police said Tuesday.

The 6-foot-long reptile was spotted several weeks ago in sewage pools in the northern Gaza Strip, and villagers complained it had been eating their livestock. Police called in fishermen, who netted the crocodile on Monday.

"He's a beautiful troublemaker," police spokesman Ayman al-Batniji said. "We really sweated to take him alive."

One local farmer reported that the crocodile ate two of his goats, according to the al-Arabiya website. 

The fugitive was returned to the zoo and reunited with four other crocodiles. Owners of the zoo said the crocodile had grown considerably since his escape, and they decided to name him "Sakher", or Rock, as a tribute to his survival. 

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