Authorities catch crocodile believed to have eaten a boy

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  • Saturday, 01 Aug 2020

KUCHING: A search and rescue (SAR) team here caught a saltwater crocodile believed to have devoured a 14-year-old boy six days ago.

The 4.7m-long and 1.7m-wide reptile was brought to land near Rumah Dadat, Tanjung Manis, yesterday for a post mortem to be conducted.

According to Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Tiong Ling Hii, the crocodile was caught at 9.15am yesterday using a chicken as bait by the Swift Wildlife Action Team in collaboration with Sarawak Forestry Corporation and police.

The bait was set about 3km from the jetty, near the location where the victim was reported missing.

The crocodile was lifted out of the water at 10am, and cut open in front of the police, the victim’s family and villagers.

“Some cloth and several human body parts were found in the crocodile’s stomach, ” he said.

On July 26, the victim, known as Ricky Ganya, was attacked by a crocodile while looking for snails by the river in Rumah Dadat, Tanjung Manis.

Ricky’s aunt, who witnessed the incident, said she saw a crocodile pulling the boy into the water.

Three days earlier, a longhouse resident was also attacked by a crocodile at Sungai Seduku, a tributary of Sungai Batang Lupar, near the Tuntun Longhouse in Sri Aman.

In the incident, Kong Gindi, 47, was believed to have been pulled into the water by the crocodile while he and his friend known as Saji Thomas, 52, were washing Gindi’s boat in the river. — Bernama

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