‘Bujang Suai’ caught by SFC, to be relocated to crocodile farm

SFC Miri SWAT team members fighting to tie up Bujang Suai. Photo source: SFC

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, July 7: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) has managed to catch and relocate a crocodile dubbed ‘Bujang Suai’ from its original habitat at Kual Suai to a nearby crocodile farm.

The 13-foot long male saltwater crocodile (C𝑟𝑜𝑐𝑜𝑑𝑦𝑙𝑢𝑠 p𝑜𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑢𝑠) was captured by SFC Miri Wildlife Rapid Action Team (SWAT) at an oil palm plantation near Kuala Suai at about 8.30am yesterday.

The authorities were alerted to the presence of the crocodilian after farm workers of the plantation managed to film it, before sending video footage of the sighting to SFC.

SFC Miri SWAT immediately initiated an investigation and monitoring was carried out by the team.

On July 2, a crocodile fishing rod was installed and successfully lured Bujang Suai into the trap.

It was then pulled ashore by SFC Miri SWAT team and will be relocated to Benaya Crocodile Farm for further action, SFC’s social media page said in a post.

Members of the public who wish to report the presence of these reptiles or other wildlife may contact the SFC hotlines at 019-8859996 (Kuching), 019-8883561 (Sibu), 019-8332737 (Bintulu) and 019-8290994 (Miri).

Compared to Lolong, the longest saltwater crocodile ever measured from snout to tail, Bujang Suai measures seven feet shorter.

Lolong, which was caught in the province of Agusan del Sur in the Philippines, measured 20-feet and 3-inches long from snout to tail. The crocodile died on Feb 10, 2013 in captivity. — DayakDaily