The Jakarta Post
A domesticated crocodile, which was kept as a pet since 1990, was removed by Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency officials on Monday following a request from a resident of Bambu Apus, Cipayung, East Jakarta.
"The crocodile belonged to a resident named H. Mamat, who took care of the carnivore since 1990. When he passed away, his child began to take care of it but then decided to ask our assistance to remove the animal," agency head Subejo said.
A team comprising a light rescue unit and a quick response unit were deployed to the scene. It took around three hours for the officers to remove the 4.5-meter crocodile, which weighed over 250 kilograms.
Previously, several crocodiles were sighted in several areas in Greater Jakarta, inciting fascination and fear from residents, some of whom later joined hunts for the crocodiles.
Until today, one crocodile, which is also suspected to have been released by the former owner, is still being searched for in Grogol River, West Jakarta, since it is located in a densely populated area.
Law No. 5/1990 on natural resource conservation and the ecosystem stipulates that the trading, keeping, distribution or killing of a protected species is an offense, carrying a maximum sentence of five years' imprisonment or Rp 100 million (US$6,965) in fines. However, not only is the punishment deemed too lenient, the law itself is rarely enforced. (wit)