MIRI, Dec 6: Some body parts have been found inside the abdomen of a 4.2-metre long crocodile which was captured at an oil palm plantation in Kuala Suai here yesterday (Dec 5).
Following the disappearance of an Indonesia worker Asbullah Deeng Situju, 37, believed to have been devoured by a crocodile while collecting vegetables in the swamp near the plantation on Nov 25, the Sarawak Forestry (SFC)’s Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) was deployed to hunt down the killer crocodile.
The hunt was carried out following the discovery of human remains in the riverbanks of the plantation.
SFC chief executive officer (CEO) Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said in a media release today that the operation took place from Nov 29 to Dec 6.
“Five baited hook-and-line traps have been set up along the river and we managed to cull a big crocodile measuring 4.2 metre in length.
“A post-mortem was conducted on the reptile and some body parts were found inside the crocodile’s abdomen and they were sent to the police for their further action,” he added.
Zolkipli extended his gratitude to Batu Niah Police Station, management of the oil palm plantation and local community for their assistance during the operation.
Members of the public are reminded to notify the nearest SFC or Sarawak Forest Department offices of any crocodile sightings in their areas and not taking matters into their own hands as these reptiles are dangerous.
SFC hotlines at the various regions are reachable at 016-8565564/019-8859996 (Kuching), 019-8883561 (Sibu), 019-8223449/019-8332737 (Bintulu) and 019-8290994 /018-9799778 (Miri).— DayakDaily