Long An Province has issued an alert warning the public about a crocodile on the loose in the Soai Rap River, which runs between the province and Ho Chi Minh City.
Relevant forces are still hunting for the crocodile with nets and electrocution guns, said Nguyen Anh Dung, chairman of Can Giuoc District People’s Committee.
“According to witnesses, the crocodile weighs around 40-50 kg. It has probably escaped from a farm in other places because there is no crocodile farm in Can Giuoc.”
“The district police are coordinating with park rangers and fisheries agency to hunt for it,” he said.
Local authorities have warned people not to swim or wash clothes in the river to avoid being attacked, Dung said.
Earlier on April 18, local residents found the reptile swimming in the river near Tan Tap Port.
Local authorities have proposed shooting it after police and fishermen failed to catch it with nets.
However, the provincial authorities rejected the proposal, saying that it is unnecessary, and ordered relevant agencies to catch it alive.