A massive 10-foot-long crocodile has been captured from under a stilt house by firefighters.
Villagers worked with emergency services in Kampung Tabuan Hilir, Kuching, in Malaysia on the island of Borneo to remove the huge beast and hand it over to a local forestry commission.
Responders were called by locals at 11pm yesterday (Tuesday, January 10) to report the prehistoric predator lurking beneath a house.
The discovery led to firefighters from Tabuan Jaya fire station being sent out to the scene, the Borneo Post reports.
The department, known as Bomba, said the reptile was found in among the stilts of the house.
A spokesperson said: “When Bomba arrived at the scene, an estimated 10-foot crocodile was found lurking on the ground level of a house on stilts.
“The firefighters and the villagers then caught the reptile, and brought the reptile back to the fire station for the handover process to Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC).”
Around 1000 people are killed by crocodiles per year around the world.
The news comes after a teenager in Namibia became a hero after he rescued a crocodile away from his sister.
Regimiya Haikera, nine, suffered bites on her inner thigh and the left side of her torso causing damage to her ribs before her 19-year-old brother, Johannes Ndara, stepped in.
He said: “We first went to our crop fields to plough.
“Around 12pm, we came home and since we didn’t have relish to cook at home, me and my sister decided to go down to the river at our parents’ garden to go look for something to cook.
“My sister was behind me when we went downstream to fill up our buckets and I just heard her screaming from behind and when I turned around, she was caught by the crocodile”.
He continued: “I then jumped into the water and held the crocodile by its jaws, and fought it to release her.
“After that, I felt powerless and just held her in my arms and we cried at the edge of the river.”
Regimiya was soon taken to Bunya Health Centre and then on to Rundu Intermediate Hospital where her treatment continued.
This article by Harry Thompson was first published by The Daily Star on 11 January 2023. Lead Image: Crocodiles kill 1000 people a year (stock) (Image: Getty Images).
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