Several crocodiles fled from a breeding facility in southern China following floods caused by Typhoon Haikui, according to Chinese officials.
When a lake in Maoming, Guangdong province, flooded, 75 crocodiles made a run for it.
While some were apprehended, others were shot or electrocuted “for safety reasons” by local authorities.
According to Chinese official media, eight reptiles have been apprehended thus far, leaving hundreds on the loose.
Residents in the surrounding villages have been advised to remain at home.
Typhoon Haikui has been tearing across south Asia for more than a week, affecting China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.
Seven people have been killed and three others are missing in southern China following the typhoon – now downgraded to a tropical storm – which has caused landslides and flooding.