Sarah Jayne Ellis, a nurse from Castleford Croc in West Yorkshire town, did not expect to see a giant croc just as she was looking out of her bedroom window and into her neighbour's back garden.
An unlikely sighting
As it turns out, the woman spotted the animal just in time to capture a picture with her mobile phone for evidence. She says that although she did not actually get to see it move, she is convinced that a real-life crocodile was casually taking a stroll in her neighbour's garden:
I thought 'that's a crocodile'. I was shutting the blinds in the bedroom when I saw it on the grass. I looked a couple of hours later and it was gone.
The healthcare worker explained that she was too tired from having worked a long shift to properly take the time to further investigate the crazy croc sighting. After snapping pics, and sending it to her sister-in-law Kate Eliis Holmes, she says that the reptile had left the neighbour's garden a couple of hours later. A stunned Holmes says that:
I was just genuinely in disbelief when she was telling the story. When I saw the picture I was in disbelief. I thought it was bizarre and a really interesting story. It definitely looks like a crocodile.
Not the first croc in town
Interestingly enough, this isn't the first time a crocodile is spotted in Castleford. In 2020, photographer Lee Collings made a similar discovery at the Fairburn Ings nature reserve. According to the man, he spotted a crocodile while birdwatching:
I am 46 years old and have been a birdwatcher for over 30 years, and I've never seen anything like this, other than a crocodile or alligator.
It walked like it was rigid. It moved slow, but too fast to photograph it by the time I realised what I thought it was. It was 3ft to 4ft in length and about 4ins to 5ins high.