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KUCHING, July 29: A crocodile and two pythons were handed over to Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC)’s Miri Regional Office (MRO) team by the Civil Defense Force (APM) in Miri yesterday.
According to a post by SFC on Facebook yesterday, the APM team caught the crocodile on Monday (July 27) after receiving a call from a 38-year-old man who was worried about his safety.
Meanwhile, two weeks ago, a 52-year-old woman found two pythons which had entered her house from her bathroom ceiling and called APM Miri for help.
SFC chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton who is also the Controller of Wild Life extended his gratitude to APM Miri for their assistance in handing over the crocodile and pythons to SFC.
The crocodile was sent to Benaya Farm Kuala Baram immediately while the pythons were kept safe before being released into the wild.
“SFC will continue to work together with other agencies to carry out operations to rescue wildlife and combat illegal wildlife trade,” Zolkipli added.
Crocodiles and pythons are protected species under the Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998. Anyone in possession of any protected animal without a licence issued by the Controller is liable to imprisonment for one year and a fine of RM10,000.
Members of the public with any information on protected wildlife are encouraged to report it through SFC hotlines in Kuching (019-8859996, 013-8110150), Sibu (019-8883561), Bintulu (019-8223449, 019-8332737), or Miri (019-8224566, 019-8290994). — DayakDaily