Crocodile swallows Indonesian girl

2012-01-20 22:12

Kupang - A wild crocodile swallowed a 10-year-old girl while she played in a river with her father in eastern Indonesia, the second death in the same place in two months, a local official said on Friday.

The girl was swimming in Wailolong river on Thursday when the large crocodile suddenly appeared, swallowed her instantly and disappeared into the water, said Viktor Mado Waton, Lembata district head in East Nusa Tenggara province.

"They only found the girl's clothes three hours after the incident, some 200m away from the attack site," he said, adding that her family members were still trying to find the body.

"Her father saw this shocking scene as he was only 5m away in the water."

He said the father and the girl's teenage brother were hunting turtles in the river while she was playing.

A 12-year-old boy was killed and eaten by a crocodile in the same river in early December when he was playing with his friends, Waton said.

The district head said he has warned locals of the danger and he will work with police to shut the area off to prevent another incident.

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-20 22:42

    Poor girl. I don't know what I'd do if this was my little one.

  • Nick - 2012-01-20 23:37

    A wild crocodile? In a river? You don't say... On a different note, that is terrible news, the family must be devastated.

  • Paul Bester - 2012-01-21 02:12

    They will probably shoot and kill the crocodile for eating the girl. Why does nobody ever feel sorry for the wildlife? This is a disturbing world.

  • Marinus Botha - 2012-01-21 02:22

    I find this truly horrific! Crocodiles are not to be messed with. This is very sad...

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-21 04:56

    Wild crocodile WTF.

  • Ruth Whittaker Swanepoel - 2012-01-21 06:24

    Never heard of a tame croc. They were swimming in his dining room plus there had been warningps. Father should of known better.

  • mlvwk - 2012-01-21 21:12

    Crocs have survived for millions of years like this. Surely the locals know about the crocs in those rivers.

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