An eight-year-old boy was tragically killed after being swallowed by a crocodile while swimming in a river with his little brother.
The boy’s father was in desperate pursuit of the animal, allegedly hitting it with his bare hands, but the predator wasn’t caught until the next day, a search and rescue officer said.
The child was attacked in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan Province and was swimming in a river known as a habitat for crocodiles.
The six-meter-long crocodile is believed to have been found by locals and cut open on March 4, reports the Australian Associated Press.
The family wept when disturbing footage showed the child’s body being pulled out of the crocodile’s belly.
The search and rescue officer said the family “often went to the river to bathe and fetch water to boil”.
In 2018, Indonesian villagers armed with knives, hammers and clubs slaughtered 292 crocodiles in revenge for the death of a man killed by a crocodile on a farm. Reuters reported.
Photos released by the Antara news agency showed bloody crocodile carcasses in a large pile in Sorong district in East Indonesia’s West Papua province.
The head of the Indonesian Agency for Conservation of Natural Resources in West Papua said the 48-year-old victim entered the crocodile farm and was likely to be picking grass for animal feed when attacked.
“An employee heard someone shouting for help, he quickly went there and saw a crocodile attacking someone,” Bazaar Manullang said in a statement.
After the man’s funeral, the villagers entered the farm and killed all the crocodiles, Manullang said.
Manullang said the farm was licensed to breed protected saltwater and New Guinea crocodiles in 2013 in order to preserve them and to harvest some of the animals.
But one of the conditions was that the reptiles didn’t disrupt the community, he said.
“To prevent this, agricultural license holders must secure the area,” said Manullang.
He said his agency was coordinating its investigation with the police.
“Crocodiles are God’s creatures that must also be protected,” added Manullang.