Shocking! Crocodile Snatches Boy From Boat, Eats Him Up Inside The Water

LANGKAWI, June 17 -- A dark saltwater crocodile or scientifically known as Crocodylus porosus swimming inside the main pond at the Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi, a recreational tourism park ran by Taman Buaya Langkawi Sdn Bhd. This park, which had been operational since 1993 plans to build a glass bottom bridge crossing their main pond next year, said Taman Buaya Langkawi general manager, Adam Fuaad. He said the proposed glass bottom bridge would be the longest of its kind in Malaysia and will add thrills and excitements to visitors to the park. --fotoBERNAMA (2018) COPYRIGHT RESERVED

Authorities made this revealing on Wednesday. The 10-year-old was on board with his two older siblings near the town of Balabac, which is notorious for confrontations with the massive creatures, when he was yanked into the water, the Agence France Presse, AFP, reports.His father failed to find the boy after an overnight search, but a fisherman discovered the child’s half-eaten remains late Monday in a mangrove swamp, a police report said.

The Philippines’ booming development and population have steadily invaded the creatures’ habitat, forcing them into ever-smaller stretches of swamp.

Humans and crocodiles sharing the same space has resulted in multiple run-ins, in which people have been killed or mangled by the animals.

“Since 2015, we’ve never had a year with zero (crocodile) attacks”
 in Balabac, said Jovic Pabello, spokesman for a government council that works to conserve the environment of the Palawan island group that includes Balabac.

“It’s a conflict on water use,” he added.

Also called the estuarine crocodile, the saltwater is one of the world’s largest reptiles, growing to up to six metres (20 feet) long and weighing up to a tonne.

In February a crocodile grabbed a 12-year-old boy as he swam at a Balabac river, but he escaped when his siblings hit the reptile’s head with oars until it let him go, Pabello said.

A Balabac crab fisherman was killed and half-eaten by a saltwater crocodile in February last year, police said, three months after his 12-year-old niece was dragged away by a crocodile in late 2017.

The girl was never seen again.

The Palawan island group, often called the Philippines’ “last frontier” is home to a remarkable diversity of flora and fauna, but is threatened by unchecked development.

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