Crocodile escapes from Ukrainian circus

16:42, 01 June 2007
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Into the Azov Sea, a popular swimming and beach area

A crocodile escaped from a Ukrainian circus into the Azov Sea, a popular swimming and beach area, officials said Friday, according to AP.

      The 1-meter (3.2-foot) crocodile, named Godzi, escaped from the seaside circus in the city of Mariupol on Thursday, said Mykola Ranga, a spokesman for the regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry.

      He said ministry workers were searching for the crocodile, whose mouth was taped shut, and that it has been seen swimming in the sea, which lies north of the Black Sea between Ukraine and Russia.

      Officials issued a warning to area beachgoers, but Ukrainian media reported that many sunbathers and swimmers were undeterred and came to the shore on Friday.

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