Three-metre croc caught in park drain

KOTA KINABALU: A crocodile measuring about three metres was caught in a drain at a public park in Teluk Likas here.

Visitors who happened to be passing by noticed the reptile around midnight.

District Civil Defence Force officer, Captain Aizex Junior Simon, said they received a call regarding the citing of the animal from a complainant at 12.10am.

He said a team of officers and members from the Kota Kinabalu Civil Defence Force, led by Junior Staff (PA) Safaruddin Rusline, who was then dispatched to the scene.

"According to the report, the complainant informed us about a crocodile in the drain at the public park.

"When the operation team arrived at the location, a crocodile was found in the drain, and the operation to capture the crocodile was immediately carried out together with the fire department," he said when contacted today.

He added that the operation team then used a snare, rope and cloth to capture the crocodile.

"After about half an hour, the three-metre-long crocodile, weighing approximately 180kg, was successfully captured and taken to the Kota Kinabalu Civil Defence office.

"The Civil Defence Force then informed the Sabah Wildlife Department about the crocodile's capture," he said.

He added that the operation ended at 1.09am.

A few days ago, a four-metre-long crocodile was caught by Pulau Gaya islanders off Kota Kinabalu waters.


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