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Folks in Reading, Berkshire in England have been in a bit of a kerfuffle lately over reported sightings of a crocodile or alligator in the Thames River. The large reptile was reportedly spotted as recently as last week by a man out for a spin on his bicycle. The same man also believes he spotted the creature last summer. Rumors have been spreading despite the assurances from authorities that neither alligators not crocodiles could survive in the cold waters of the Thames.
Another local man has come forward to say that the reptile is a dummy croc from the movie "Live and Let Die" from 1973. It had been used in the scene where Roger Moore as James Bond has to walk across the backs of gators to escape a swamp.
The prop had been kept on an island in the Thames in Reading by Peter Wallace, a boat expert and head of Caversham Boat Service. He had worked on several James Bond and Indiana Jones films.
It is suspected, but not confirmed, that the fake creature was washed away by flooding and that the sightings have been of this instead of an actual crocodile or alligator.
Shaun Foggett, a crocodile expert and director of Crocodiles of the World in Witney, Oxon, England, gets a lot of questions about these sightings and says that people are just lettiing their imaginations get the better of them.
Source: The Telegraph
Laurie Kay Olson
Animal News Blogger