The Crocodile (or alligator) Combing the Waters of New Orleans Looking for People to Eat-Fiction!


Summary of eRumor:

The email comes with pictures of a huge crocodile saying that he was found in the streets of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina and is 21 feet long and weighs 4,500 pounds.
The eRumor claims that the croc is more than 80 years old and is too aged to catch animals so was looking for people instead.
The story claims that the reptile was shot by Army troops “last Sunday” and that its carcass is in a freezer at the Azur Hotel.

The Truth:

This story is a hoax.
The pictures are authentic but are of a crocodile that was captured in Congo, Africa, long before hurricane Katrina.
Some versions say it’s an alligator that was found in the streets.
The references to Army troops and the Azur Hotel are of Congo.

Better estimates of the size of the croc are about 16 feet long and more than 1,000 pounds.

Updated 9/20/05

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Now this is a Crocodile ! This crocodile was found in New Orleans swimming down the street. 21 FT long, 4,500 lbs, around 80 years old minimum. Specialists said that he was looking to eat humans because he was too old to catch animals. This crocodile was killed by the army last Sunday at 3:00 pm, currently he is in the freezer at the Azur hotel. The contents of it’s stomach will be analyzed this Friday at 2:30pm.