Villagers capture 300kg croc

MIRI: A large crocodile measuring about 5.5m and weighing about 300kg was captured alive by villagers of Kg Labau, Sibuti in northern Sarawak.

The crocodile was found along the banks of a river and the villagers managed to catch it with the help of Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) personnel before it was ferried to a crocodile farm on Saturday evening.

The Miri Civil Defence Department was then alerted of the case by the SFC and sent a three-tonne lorry to ferry the crocodile, said department chief Mohd Hazle Abdul Hamid yesterday.

Mohd Hazle said his office in Miri received a call from SFC on the case in Kg Labau located about 60km south of Miri city.

“The SFC asked Miri Civil Defence units to help load and transport the crocodile to the Kuala Baram crocodile farm (near the Miri-Brunei border).

“When our unit arrived, the crocodile was already captured and tied up by the villagers and the SFC people.

“It is at least 300kg in weight and about 5.5m long,” he said.

This is believed to be one of the biggest crocodile caught alive by villagers in Miri.