Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Indonesia mob kills 300 crocodiles as man dies after entering breeding pond

Indonesia mob kills 300 crocodiles as man dies after entering breeding pond

Photographs released by the Antara news agency showed a large pile of bloodied carcasses in the Sorong district.

A mob of Indonesian villagers slaughtered hundreds of crocodiles in revenge for the death of a local man killed by one of the aquatic reptiles at a breeding farm.

Sugito's age was variously given as 31 in the Post and as 48 by Manullang.

Police said that the man fell into an enclosure belonging to a crocodile farm, the Straits Times reports. He was bitten on the leg before being fatally struck by the tail of one of the crocodiles, according to police and conservation officials.

Sugito's relatives and local residents, angry over the farm's location near a residential area, marched to the local police station, authorities said.

Almost 300 crocodiles were slaughtered after a local villager was killed in an attack at a breeding sanctuary.

Local residents look at the carcasses of hundreds of crocodiles from a farm after they were killed by angry locals following the death of a man who was killed in a crocodile attack in Sorong regency West Papua Indonesia
Nearly 300 crocodiles slain in Indonesia after reptile kills man

The killing of a protected species is a crime that carries a fine or imprisonment in Indonesia and local authorities are now considering charges in connection with the bloodbath. "It was so horrid to see", Olga said.

The man's funeral was attended by over 600 people who later went to the farm with weapons, including machetes and hoes, among other sharp objects.

All 292 creatures at the facility were reportedly killed.

Outnumbered police and conservation officials said they were unable to stop the grisly attack.

"One of the crocodile farm employees... heard someone screaming for help and ran to the scene where they saw a person being mauled by a crocodile", said Basar Manullang, head of Indonesia's Natural Resources Conservation Agency in West Papua.

The authorities also said they were investigating elements of possible negligence related to the death.

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