Boy, 9, mistakes 5-foot croc for giant lizard

January 02, 2019

THE wild trashing and manic movements along the river immediately caught the nine-year-old boy’s attention. He took a look and saw what he believed was a monitor lizard caught in a fishing net. Like moth to a lamp, the child inched closer to the trapped animal. Soon he was shouting and running hysterically back to the village. Grimly, he realized that he had just approached a dangerous, more likely man-eating five-foot crocodile.

The crocodile was caught alive by local residents in Calapan City , Oriental Mindoro last Sunday after the reptile got ensnared in a fishing net, police said yesterday.

A report from the Police Regional Office 4-B said  the crocodile weighing about 40 kilograms got entangled in a net cast by a fisherman along the riverside in Sitio Cuatro Aguas, Bgy.Sta. Isabel.

A nine year old boy playing in the area discovered the reptile after initially thinking that the animal struggling to get out of the net was a giant.

The child  immediately called the attention of elder villagers after realizing that the animal is  crocodile.

Local officials summoned environment authorities to the scene to take the reptile to a crocodile farm.

It was the 2nd reptile to be caught alive in Mimaropa region last December.

Last December 1, a giant crocodile believed to have killed a 33-year old fisherman in Balabac, Palawan last November 27 was captured by localauthorities on Saturday afternoon, Police Regional Office 4-B di-rector, said Chief Superintendent Tomas C. Apolinario Jr. investigated the complaint found that fishing paraphernalia of the missing victim was intact inside his motor banca. 

Local residents also reported having seen a crocodile at the seashore biting what appeared to be a man’s leg.

Eventually, residents reported the discovery of the missing man’s body in Sitio Buwal,Bgy. Malaking Ilog.

Apolinario said that thru continuous search, local authorities finally captured the killer crocodile which is believed to be already 50 years old.

The saltwater crocodile measuring about 15’6’  in length and 29’ inches in width and weighing about 500 kilograms was caught by members of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development with the assistance of the Philippine National Police Maritime Group and the Philippine Coast Guard.

Officials said  the crocodile was believed to have attacked fisherman Cornelio Sarcedo Bonete alias ‘Boboy,’ a resident of Barangay Poblacion,  Balabac.

Policemen who investigated the complaint found that fishing paraphernalia of the missing victim was intact inside his motor banca.  Local residents also reported having seen a crocodile at the seashore biting what appeared to be a man’s leg.

Eventually, residents reported the discovery of the missing man’s body in Sitio Buwal, Bgy. Malaking Ilog.

Apolinario said that thru continuous search, local authorities finally captured the killer crocodile which is believed to be 50 years old.