The croc has had a tire around its neck for more than two years.
A saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) that was spotted with a motorcycle tire around its neck has caught the attention of Indonesian conservation officials, who are working out a plant to capture the reptile and remove the tire from around its neck, the Gulf Times reported.
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The saltwater crocodile has had a tire around its neck for more than two years.
The crocodile, which measures around 4 meters in length, is on Sulawesi Island in the Indonesian archipelago, and has been seen regularly since 2016, swimming in a river in Palu, the Central Sulawesi capital.
It is speculated that someone placed the tire around the crocodile’s neck in an effort to trap it and keep it captive, but that of course failed.
“In the past year, we saw that there’s still enough room for the crocodile’s neck to move around,” Haruna, head of the local conservation agency told The Gulf Times. Haruna, like many Indonesians, goes by one name. “But we are not going to wait until the tyre strangles the animal. We will rescue it.”
Haruna told the paper that his team has built an iron trap that will be placed in the river at low tide in hopes of capture the reptile so they can remove the obtrusion.
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