KUALA LUMPUR: Crocodiles have been spotted in the Klang River, next to the busy Federal Highway.
Up to four may have been seen although the Wildlife Protection and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) can only confirm the existence of one.
At 9am yesterday, a City Hall worker who was travelling in an official vehicle to his workplace saw a crocodile resting on the banks of the Klang River near the Kuen Cheng Girls' High School.
He stopped a police patrol car and informed policemen of what he saw.
Curious motorists on the highway pulled up their vehicles to get a look.
Fire and Rescue Department operation commander Rani Mat Hanafiah said a seven-man team from the Hang Tuah station was despatched to the scene following a distress call at 10.15am.
“A buaya tembaga (Crocodylus porosus) was resting on the riverbank calmly when we reached the scene. It was over two-metre long.
“When we moved closer to the crocodile in an attempt to capture it, about 30 minutes later, it went into the water and swam away,” he added.
Rani said after searching along the river and finding no sign of the crocodile, they called off the operation.
He said a man known only as Hassan told him that he had seen four crocodiles in the area.
He added that Hassan also told him that the crocodiles were of various species – two buaya tembaga and a buaya sungai, measuring about two metres long and a four-metre buaya julong-julong.
Rani said the case has been handed over to Perhilitan.
News of the crocodile soon spread rapidly and has become a talking point among the people in the Klang Valley.
Perhilitan wildlife division officer Salman Saaban said a three-man team from the department was sent to check on the crocodiles yesterday.