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Mystery as crocodile lands on roof of Malang house

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 11, 2019   /   05:03 pm
  Mystery as crocodile lands on roof of Malang house Left: A crocodile is seen on the roof of a house in Malang, East Java. Right: The crocodile is tied up at a local police office. (Courtesy of Tribunnews/File)

Kedung Kandang Police in Malang, East Java, are looking for the owner of a crocodile that was found on the roof of a house.

The householder, Junaedi, told the police that he thought he heard something fall on to his roof and found out later that it was actually a saltwater crocodile.

“Part of the roof was damaged,” Kedung Kandang Police chief Comr. Suko Wahyudi said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Wednesday.

Equipped with a rope it took about 30 minutes for the police and neighbors to catch the 170-centimeter crocodile.

It is unclear who owns the crocodile, which is a protected animal, or how exactly it ended up on top of Junaedi’s house. The authorities believe that the crocodile might have fallen from a two-story house next door.

“We have not been able to contact the house owner,” said East Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) head Nandang Prihadi. 

The police are yet to determine the origin of the crocodile, saying “it just suddenly appeared and crawled” on the roof.

The BKSDA has transferred the reptile, which was unharmed, to a conservatory owned by PT Bhakti Batu Sejahtera. (dpk)