HEADLINES: Large croc spotted in Lake Gopherville, no injuries reported

Thelma Raritan spotted a crocodile floating under the low-hanging trees on the Northwest edge of Lake Gopherville last Saturday morning.  Thelma and her husband, Frank, decided not to attend church to take advantage of the sparse crowds and unusually still waters. It was around 10 a.m. when Thelma spotted the “unusually large” crocodile.

Frank Raritan  declined to speak to this reporter but  yelled out “It was a damn log,” several times during the interview with Ms. Raritan, while he continued  to watch television and drink his Coors Light.

When this reporter asked whether it might have been an alligator rather than a crocodile, Ms. Raritan looked thoughtfully out of the window and took an intake on her cigarette.  “You know, it might have been,” she said.  “I didn’t see the teeth.” She explained that the only thing distinguishing between an alligator and crocodile is some aspect of  their teeth.  When asked further about that difference,  she tapped her ashes out into a nearby mug already full up with  cigarette ash.  “ You know, I really can’t recall.”

Whatever the difference, we’re glad that the crocodile (or alligator) didn’t do any harm to Thelma or Frank!


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