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Nov 30, 2012 12:34 PM by Tania Shofron

Dangerous crocodile on the loose near Miami

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Shoot to kill: That's the order from federal wildlife officials if any agent sees a young Nile crocodile that is on the loose near Miami.

Nile crocodiles run faster, jump higher and can grow to nearly 20 feet. They also generally have a much meaner temperament than their American cousins.

The loose Nile croc is currently only about 3 feet long, but could become very dangerous when it gets bigger and older. It's the only one known to be on the loose in the area. At least two others have already been caught, but the last has been eluding Fish and Wildlife officials all summer.

It's believed the loose Nile crocodile escaped from a wildlife facility or local breeder.

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