‘Crocodile’ spotted on loose in Yorkshire garden year after similar sighting

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A Yorkshire woman was stunned when she saw a crocodile roaming freely in her neighbor’s garden.

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Sarah Jayne Ellis said she saw the creature from her home near the River Eyre in Castleford.

Last year, a similar sight was seen in a nature reserve of the town.

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Ms Ellis said she thought the animal, called a “Castleford croc”, was about 3 or 4 feet long and “looked real”.

He said yorkshire live: “I thought ‘it’s a crocodile’.

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“I was closing the blinds in the bedroom when I saw it on the grass. I looked after a few hours and he was gone.”

Ms Ellis took a photo which she showed to her sister-in-law Kate Ellis Holmes, a deputy headmaster of Huddersfield, who said she was “in disbelief”.

“I thought it was quirky and a really interesting story,” she said, “that it definitely looks like a crocodile.”

Ms Ellis said it needed to be investigated whether an alligator was actually living in Castleford, especially given an earlier report last year down the River Eyre.

Wildlife photographer Lee Collings claims to have seen a 4-foot alligator at the Fairburn Inges Nature Reserve on the edge of town in May 2020.

Mr Collings said the creature fled before he could capture it on camera, but insisted it was a crocodile, or perhaps an alligator.

“I’m not bothered about being ridiculed, I’m pretty confident about what I saw,” he said Yorkshire Evening Post those days.

The RSPB, which maintains the Fairburn Ings, said they suspected it belonged to an otter, who was unknown to appear in reserve.

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