Crocodile alert in Davao City village

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

PEOPLE living near waterways of Purok Francisco de Assisi in Barangay Matina Crossing are on the lookout after a baby crocodile was caught in the area 11 a.m. Tuesday and another one escaped.

According to information gathered by Sun.Star Davao SuperBalita, a saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) was captured by personnel of the Davao Crocodile Park after they were informed that two crocodiles were living in the waters in the area.

After receiving the information, Rey Alberto, caretaker at Crocodile Park, responded and caught the crocodile measuring one foot in length and weighing 1.2 kilograms.


In a phone interview with Sun.Star SuperBalita Davao, Crocodile Park operation manager Thilamer Medina said the two crocodiles ran upon trying to be caught, but Alberto was able to capture one.

"Duha ni sila, pero isa lang atong nasikop, mao nga padayon natong gipangita ang usa kay delikado ni sila nga klase sa buaya (There are two of them, but we only caught one, so we are continuing our search for the other one since they are a dangerous breed of crocodiles)," Medina told Sun.Star over the phone on Wednesday.

Medina added that the crocodile is kin of Lolong, which was known as the largest crocodile in the world and was captured in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur last November 9, 2011.

He said saltwater crocodiles are quite strong and can turn aggressive when trapped.

The baby crocodile that was captured is still in isolation to ensure that it does not carry any disease that might infect the other crocodiles.

Medina believes that the captured crocodile's mother is in the vicinity, or that someone may have purposely released one in the area to scare the residents.

"Nagduda mi nga gituyo to, gibuhian to diha or naay inahan nga mas naka-delikado sa mga residente (We think it may have been done on purpose. It was either released there. But it could be that there is a mother crocodile, which is even of greater danger)," Medina explained.

Crocodile Park personnel are working to find the other crocodile soon before it grows and puts residents in danger. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 13, 2014.

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