I know that there are crocodiles in Sri Lanka. I had seen a few during my 14 years of living there. I even once saw a crocodile hunt — a crocodile, on a riverbank, being shot with a rifle.
I had also heard that the recent floods in Sri Lanka had resulted in some crocodiles getting swept over the banks of flooded rivers. Not sure whether this was one of these.
17 feet is big. But 3 feet below record length even for an Asian crocodile.
I had never heard of Thibbotuwawa. Couldn’t really find it. The best I could do was determine that it was in the Matale District. So, I marked that on a map for you (below). NOT where I would have expected to find a huge crocodile. Matale is in the area which we refer to as ‘Up Country‘ in that it is in the hilly, middle of the Island. Maybe some folks in Sri Lanka can help me out on this.
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This is beyond diabolical. It is atrocious. It is totally uncalled for. This cannot be fobbed off as a mistake. This was very deliberate and calculated. It could, alas, have been an April Fool’s joke, but it isn’t. It is very real, and HUGE.
Yes, I understand. It is a very graphic way of calling Marie Antoinette by the ‘C’-word. But, even that, is unnecessary and puerile in that she was guillotined 221 years ago.
This makes me angry. I am VERY fond of Versailles Palace and Gardens. I am very familiar with them. I have visited Versailles dozens of times. 1968 – 1969 when I lived in France full-time and attended the “English School of Paris” (ESP) we lived in Louveciennes — which was on the outskirts of Versailles. Then during the 1978 to 1992 period when I would visit France at least 3 times a year I would invariably visit Versailles. Towards the last few years of that period we used to make a point of going to Versailles on weekend just for the pleasure and privilege of uniformed guards smartly sliding open the huge golden gates to let us in! Yep. It was a prerogative afforded to cars with diplomatic plates that had “CD 1” or “CD 2” on them. Essentially a car belonging to an Ambassador.
This is stupid. There was no need for this. As was the case 220 years ago heads should roll.