By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Police officers near the town of Sixaola at the Panamanian border found an unlikely drifter roaming through the streets.
Prowling around the houses was a crocodile, almost 10 feet long, according to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. The Fuerza Pública unit, on patrol at the time, received the call from residents who were frightened that the crocodile would go after their children.
With the help of officials from the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía, the police nabbed the crocodile and hog-tied it. The animal was taken to an endangered species shelter in Puerto Viejo, officials said. The reptile apparently had some lesions on one of its legs supposedly caused by a fishing line that tangled him days ago.
A veterinarian at the shelter treated the wounds and, once the crocodile has healed, it will be released back into the wild.