By Scott Salmon

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - News of this week's torrential rains and flooding in Rio de Janeiro reached many international audiences under surreal-seeming headlines about gators roaming an urban neighborhood so dangerous local authorities refused to enter.

The walls of an apparently unregulated caiman farm in Favela do Rola were breached by floodwaters, freeing the creatures to navigate the area's flooded streets – to the amusement of the foreign press and . . .

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