64-year-old Richard Smith reports seeing a crocodile in the River Thames at Reading.
“I was cycling on my own and I saw what I thought was a bough of a tree with four stubby branches on it close in to the bank. As I got closer I saw it was a crocodile… about 4ft long. I got off my bike and ran back to where it was, but it had gone.”
This is the second sighting on the Thames and although experts think it unlikely that a crocodile could overwinter in England other exotic species have been found.
A Sea lamprey – an eel-like creature with a sucker-shaped mouth packed with teeth – in 2009.
A bottle-nose whale weighing seven tonnes in 2006.
A non-native piranha in 2004.
Its hoped that if Crocodile Dundee comes to our rescue he will not be arrested by the Port of London Authority for swimming in the Thames!