A crocodile was caught in Long An Province today, two weeks after it was seen swimming in Soai Rap River which runs between the province and Ho Chi Minh City, prompting public warnings.
“Some people found the crocodile sunbathing on the river bank and reported to the police,” said Nguyen Anh Dung, chairman of Can Giuoc District People’s Committee in Long An Province.
“After that, the police and local residents managed to catch it with nets,” he said.
Park rangers believe that the 70kg reptile is a farm crocodile. They approved the police’s proposal to sell it to a crocodile farm.
“Part of the money will be used to pay residents who joined the hunt,” Dung said.
The crocodile was first seen in the river near the Tan Tap Port on April 18.
Local authorities have warned people not to swim or wash clothes in the river to avoid being attacked.
They rejected the proposal to shoot it, saying that it is unnecessary, and ordered relevant agencies to catch it alive.