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- Jul 19, 2004
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Swiss authorities have suspended their hunt for a duck-devouring caiman reported from one of their lakes. They don't disbelieve the report; they've just decided to let it be.
SOURCE: https://www.apnews.com/7bee2aff2b5f4711a53f709e244dbfc5Caiman went: Swiss authorities call off hunt for reptile
This caiman went: Swiss authorities say they’re calling off the hunt for an alligator-like reptile spotted in an inland lake, declaring it “a phantom.”
The meter-and-a-half (5-foot) long caiman was spotted by a fisherman in Lake Hallwil, about 50 kilometers west of Zurich, on July 14 when it briefly surfaced and scarfed down a duck.
Police considered the report credible, saying the caiman — indigenous to Central and South America — was likely an abandoned pet.
But spokesman Bernhard Graser told news site 20 Minuten Tuesday searches have been called off.
He says “he isn’t doing any harm, it’s like a kangaroo roaming around freely here — it doesn’t belong, but it doesn’t hurt either.”
Graser says: “He’ll probably remain a phantom, making it the summer story of the year.”