Female estuarine crocodile captured in Bekasi river
The Jakarta Post
A female estuarine crocodile was caught on Saturday evening in the Cileungsi River, Bekasi, West Java.
The crocodile was caught by a joint team from the Bekasi Environment Agency, the local Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), the Bogor Natural Resources Conservation Agency ( BKSDA) and the organization Community Care for Cileungsi-Cikeas Rivers (KP2C).
“The 1.3 meter-long female crocodile was captured on Saturday at around 9 p.m.,” said KP2C chairperson Puarman on Sunday as quoted by antaranews.com.
The captured crocodile was immediately handed over to the Bogor BKSDA to be treated at their breeding ground.
“We are still looking for another [estuarine crocodile] estimated to be 1.8 m long and one senyulong crocodile that is 1.5 m long,” said Puarman.
Sightings of the crocodiles were recorded by a local in a video that went viral last month.
In the video an estuarine crocodile is seen sun bathing on the riverbank near the Vila Nusa Indah 2 residential complex in Gunung Putri, Bogor, West Java. The video caused a commotion among locals, especially after two other crocodile sightings were reported in the same area. (iwa)
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