The Jakarta Post
A resident of Jelutung district in Jambi city, Jambi, has caught one of three crocodiles seen swimming in the Asam River after fears that they might attack residents.
Mahaka Maryago caught the 1.5 meter crocodile on Tuesday morning when he was looking for worms to sell. He first thought that it was lizard but realized it was a crocodile after taking a closer look.
He caught it by using a plastic rope and placed it in his neighbor’s tub. Local residents fed pork to the crocodile.
Mahaka said the one that he caught was quite young, while the other two crocodiles measured in at 4 m.
“We first saw the three crocodiles in the river about a week ago,” he said, adding that he caught it because residents feared using the river.
Another resident, Rusminah, said she was glad one crocodile had been caught because the local children bathed in the river.
“I am concerned that something bad will happen to the children in the river,” she said, adding that the locals have urged the authorities to immediately catch the other two crocodiles. (rin)