Lost crocodile a summer hoax

Señor Bitey the crocodile has been found – to be a crock.

Señor Bitey the crocodile has been found – to be a crock.

The purportedly missing house pet pictured on posters around town is, in fact, the byproduct of the imagination of three Salmon Arm Secondary students, Taylor Hampton, Stephanie Stanton and Selena Nagel, who were seeking a little summer fun.

“We were sitting at Steph’s house and we were outside and we saw a couple of ‘lost animal’ posters on a pole… and we were honestly really bored and wanted to do something to liven up our summer,” says Hampton.

“We figured we should make our own ‘lost’ posters, and we wanted it to be a really out-there animal that wouldn’t be common, let alone in the Shuswap. So we figured we’d do a crocodile.”

Despite the absurdity of the girls’ lost crocodile poster, complete with fictitious reward offering, Hampton says they’ve been receiving calls by people claiming to have spotted the missing reptile.

“We had one and they’re like, ‘Yeah, I saw your crocodile by the falls, and you should go get it; it bit my hand.’ And we were, ‘Oh, OK, thanks,’” says Hampton. “I think we had another call with an apparent sighting. It’s pretty interesting.”

While the gig is up on the crocodile, Hampton indicated it’s possible Salmon Arm could see similar amusements soon.


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