Loch Ness monster of the Vosges' threatens French village
French police are on the hunt for an elusive creature dubbed the "Loch Ness monster of the Vosges" after residents have reported several sightings of a crocodile in a local pond. Published: 4:42PM BST 21 Jun 2009
Xertigny, a village of some 3,000 inhabitants in the Vosges region in eastern France, has been transfixed by the unexplained sightings. Villagers tried to lure the beast out of the water by placing a chicken on the bank of the pond, but their overtures have failed to attract the animal so far. Local authorities are so worried that they are considering draining the pond after a special sonar device failed to clarify the situation."We have been around the pond several times and you can't really say if anything is there," Bruno Aime, vice-president of a local anglers' association, told France Info radio."I think it's carp but it could also be a caiman of about 1.5 metres. The equipment doesn't let you see the difference between a pike of a metre long and a caiman of 1.5 metres," he told France Info radio. Crocodiles are found only in zoos and parks in France. The local Est Republicain newspaper has covered the chase in a special blog that includes hour-by-hour updates and footage of the search but the only animal it has caught on film so far is a small mammal resembling a water vole. See original story here:
Not sure how a crocodile relates to the Loch Ness Monster but still, an interesting report.