A crocodile believed to have killed a fisherman was found in Balabac, Palawan on Saturday.
ABS-CBN News reported that the crocodile was 15 feet long and weighs about 400 kilos.
The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) and the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC) set up traps around the area where the “problematic crocodile” was reportedly seen.
Authorities believe that the crocodile was the culprit behind the death of a 33-year-old fisherman named Cornelio Bonite whose body was discovered floating in the mangrove area of Sitio Buwan in the village of Malaking Ilog on Nov. 27 (Tuesday), the ABS-CBN report added.
GMA News’ Balitambayan stated that the crocodile was brought to the Balabac Coast Guard station and will be taken to the PWRCC in Puerto Princesa where it will be cared for. Once there, the reptile’s last meal will also be reviewed to find out if the crocodile really did kill the fisherman.
In October, a student named Parsi Hulia Diaz was attacked by a crocodile while the boy was swimming in a river in Palawan. Manila Bulletin reported that Diaz was about to board a boat to leave the area when the animal caught one of his legs in between his jaws and started dragging him away.
Luckily, the student got out of it alive with injuries on his leg and buttocks.