Creature dubbed ‘Loch Ness monster of the Vosges’ threatens French village

June 22nd, 2009 - 6:01 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jun 22 (ANI): An elusive creature that has been dubbed the “Loch Ness monster of the Vosges” is being hunted by the French police, after residents reported seeing it on several occasions in a local pond.

The creature, said to be a crocodile, was sighted in Xertigny, a village of some 3,000 inhabitants in the Vosges region in eastern France.

Villagers were so curious about the beast that they even tried luring it out of the water by placing a chicken on the bank of the pond, which was to no avail as the animal refused to appear.

The elusive creature has local authorities so worried that they are considering draining the pond after a special sonar device failed to bring light to the situation.

“We have been around the pond several times and you can’t really say if anything is there,” the Telegraph quoted Bruno Aime, vice-president of a local anglers’ association, as telling 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 added.

Crocodiles are found only in zoos and parks in France. (ANI)

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