The Jakarta Post
Jambi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) head Rahmat Saleh has said the agency is to release a rescued large saltwater crocodile into the wild at Berbak Sembilang National Park.
The agency previously rescued the crocodile after it entered a residential area.
The 4.5-meter-long crocodile was found inside a pit by Catur Rahayu village residents in Dendang district, East Tanjab regency. The crocodile was suspected to have make its way to the village from a river located next to the residential area.
Prior to the rescue, the villagers tied up the crocodile for safety reasons as it became a public spectacle. It took some time for the agency to rescue the crocodile as the BKSDA office is located far from the village.
Rahmat also explained that the crocodile was taken to Jambi’s animal care center after being rescued, where it would have a health examination from vets. The crocodile is to be released into the wild thereafter.
“We plan to release it into Berbak Sembilang National Park, because it is a habitat for crocodiles,” Rahmat said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday. (dpk)