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Croc Found Snoozing Behind the Sofa

Just resting from the floods

A Brazilian woman found her 3-year-old son sitting on the living room floor behind the sofa, happily petting the head of an invited stray animal: a 5-foot crocodile.

The croc had apparently been looking for somewhere to rest as floods receded from the city of Parauapebas.

Fire Captain Luiz Claudio Farias said the woman had seen the boy playing with something behind the sofa as she was cleaning up the house, which had been flooded.

“She snatched the boy away and called us,” said Capt Farias. “If he was hungry, he could have seriously hurt or even killed the boy.”

Firefighters trapped the croc and took her to a nearby environmental preserve, where they set her free.