News Saltwater crocodiles can weigh up to a ton

A search team looking for a 12-year-old boy who was snatched by a crocodile have reportedly discovered human remains near the waterhole where he was swimming in Australia.

Film review: The Croods (U)

A whizzier version of The Flintstones, this DreamWorks animation concerns a Neanderthal family discovering that there is life beyond their cave.

The 10 Best men's wash bags

Fed up with shampoo leaking in your luggage and ruining your holiday clothes? Here are some stylish solutions

The Lonely Planet Adventure: Florida at its wildest

Paddle a canoe along the Wilderness Waterway and get close to the exotic creatures inhabiting the unique ecosystem of the Everglades National Park

The News Matrix: Tuesday 12 February 2013

Dogs are dastardly when it's dark

The world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity, Lolong, has died in Philippines

So long, Lolong... Philippine town mourns largest captive crocodile

A remote southern Philippine town has gone into mourning over the death of the world's largest saltwater crocodile in captivity, even though it was blamed for the deaths of several villagers.

The News Matrix: Monday 11 February 2013

Baby boy recovering after fox attack

Roald Dahl, who died in 1990, was well-known for his titles The Witches, The Twits, and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. The author has failed to make it onto a top 10 of children's favourite books

The tale of the unexpected decline of Roald Dahl

His dark humour and wacky characters enchanted generations, so why are modern children now leaving Charlie, Matilda and Mr Fox on the shelf?

Amadou Traore looks for signs of what happened to his uncle

‘No one who looks like my uncle has been killed here. I still think I’ll find him’: A student follows the trail from Bamako to Timbuktu

Kim Sengupta follows a student’s hunt for his loved one from Bamako to Timbuktu

Video: Thousands of crocodiles escape from farm

Around 15,000 crocodiles have escaped from a farm in South Africa.

Many of the crocodiles have since been captured but over half remain on the loose in the the Limpopo River.

Around 15,000 South African crocodiles in 'mass escape' during floods

The owner of the Rakwena Crocodile Farm was forced to open the gates after concern over a storm surge, local press reported

Big issue: Sharon Rooney as troubled teen Rae Earl, in My Mad Fat Diary

TV review: My Mad Fat Diary - Whoever said that fat was funny?

If you like 'Skins', says E4, you'll like this teen memoir. Hmm. But C4's new drama is a dazzler

Large alligator-like reptile found guarding 34lb stash of marijuana

Suspect  reportedly told police he got the creature to commemorate rapper Tupac Shakur's 1996 death

Inundated: floods have ruined crops

Dominican Republic: The waters are rising... and no one knows why

Tomorrow is market day, so today huge lorries, trucks and brightly painted tap taps (buses) are assembling at the Haitian-Dominican border at Mal Paso, outside Jimaní, their goods piled high in anticipation of making a profitable sale. The vendors have a problem, though. The area they use on the Haitian side of the border is now under water, while all that is left on the Dominican side is a minuscule patch barely larger than the  width of the road. Flood water laps against abandoned warehouses and covers some of the road, which has been reinforced and raised once already.

Wildlife rangers captured 314 of the estuarine crocodiles in 2012, the equivalent of more than six a week in the northernmost section of the Northern Territory

Number of crocodiles in Australian waters soars

A record haul of man-eating saltwater crocodiles was removed from waterways in the "Top End" of Australia last year, confirming that numbers of the feared reptiles are ballooning.

Two feared dead after being 'ejected' from bachelor party boat trip in alligator-infested lake

Charlie Jackson and Jason Cobb disappeared in the 'wet and stormy' early hours of Saturday morning

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