Crocodiles in Texas?
My copy of Baylor Magazine arrived yesterday featuring a story by Lane Murphy about Yoshihiko Mukoyama, professor of English in Japan and expert on Robert Browning who studied for his doctorate at Baylor and remained there until shortly after my arrival as a freshman in 1975, though I didn't know of him at that time.
Mukoyama chose Baylor because of the stories of Texas told by his Uncle Kisaku Kitsuta:
The young Mukoyama was fascinated by Kitsuta's tales from Texas, in which he described hunting and fishing in wide open spaces.Eh? Crocodiles in Texas? I wasn't aware of any crocodiles in Texas. Mukoyama found none either:
"As a foreign national he was not permitted to carry a gun, so he hired someone to carry it," says Mukoyama. "Dr. Kitsuta said he especially enjoyed hunting crocodiles."
"When I came to Waco, I wanted to see the crocodiles, but I could find none in the Brazos River," he says.So . . . was his Uncle Kisaku speaking of alligators rather than crocodiles? -- not that any alligators are to be found in the Brazos, either.
Can crocodiles actually be found in Texas?