Home > News > Regional
Sunday April 13, 2014 MYT 6:54:00 PM
Sunday April 13, 2014 MYT 9:39:22 PM
Photo taken on September 2, 2008 shows an estuarine crocodile, better known as saltwater or saltie, in the Adelaide river near Darwin, Australia
DAVAO, Philippines: Fishermen in the southern Philippines are demanding a reward for a crocodile they said they caught accidentally, but officials insisted Sunday they would not pay for the reptile.
Authorities in Mlang town on the southern island of Mindanao said they were trying to convince the fishermen to hand over the 2.5-metre (eight-foot) long crocodile to them for safekeeping.
"Somebody told them that the local government would give rewards but it's not true. We exerted all means to convince them but we failed," said Hernand Dapudong, the town's disaster monitoring chief.
The fishermen said they had accidentally netted the crocodile in Mindanao's sprawling Liguasan marsh on Saturday. They then brought the creature, tied up with rope, into nearby Mlang on a motorboat.
Dapudong said the fishermen were asking 40,000 pesos ($900) for the crocodile, estimated to weigh 100 kilograms (220 pounds) but did not say what they would do to it if they were not paid.
It was not clear where the fishermen were keeping the animal while the wrangle continues.
Dapudong warned that the crocodile could die from stress or escape and harm residents.
Mlang's mayor Joselito Piol has sought legal assistance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on what to do with the crocodile.
He is also asking other town officials to help, saying, "this is not about rewards but the safety of your constituents".
It is not yet known whether the reptile is a critically-endangered Philippine crocodile - found only in the Philippines - or the larger, more common saltwater crocodile which is not threatened and is found in several Asia-Pacific nations. -AFP
Tags / Keywords:
crocodile, Fishermen, Philippines, Mlang, Hernand Dapudong
Philippine nightclub blast kills one, wounds nine
Manila asked to withdraw case filed at UN tribunal over EEZ dispute
Philippines hikes defence budget amid China tensions
Philippines to base jets near China shoal
Philippines cheers growing outcry over South China Sea
Grevin’s first Asian museum waxes lyrical over K-pop
Mumbai bomb plotter Yakub Memon hanged in India
Japan official quitting amid Tokyo 2020 stadium row
Toddler's arm stuck for 30 minutes in escalator in China
Hong Kong woman jailed for attacking police with breast
Hamilton beats Raikkonen in popularity poll
Chinese literature to the fore
Google Play Movies is live
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)