A 90-centimeter Nile crocodile was captured by Egyptian authorities in an irrigation canal in Giza’s Nahya district on Thursday.
The crocodile was spotted by citizens in the nearby canal and is believed to have been discarded there by its previous owner.
The environmental ministry, with the help of experts from the Nature Reserve Authority (NRA) in Upper Egypt, was able to capture the reptile by setting traps and decreasing the water level in the area’s drainage system.
The crocodile was sent to the Giza zoo to be examined by veterinarians and will later be freed into Lake Nasser in Upper Egypt, the species’ only wild habitat in Egypt.
Lake Nasser is a huge reservoir in southern Egypt, created when the Aswan High Dam was built in 1970. It is one of the largest man-made lakes in Africa, and is famous for its varieties of fish, birds, mammals and reptiles.