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Poachers may have killed Barney the croc

400kg croc found at Kranji Reservoir with metal rod in eye, hook in mouth

Published on May 16, 2014 6:50 AM
The carcass of the 400kg saltwater crocodile, which was nicknamed Barney by anglers, being carted off to a farm for disposal. It is not known why the suspected poachers did not escape with their giant catch. -- PHOTO: ST READER

The mystery of the 400kg crocodile found dead at Kranji Reservoir about a month ago may have been solved, at least partially.

Poachers could be to blame, and they are at large, said national water agency PUB.

The reptile, believed to be one of the largest wild specimens here, was found dead with a metal rod in its eye and a large fishing hook lodged in its mouth, according to the agency's authorised crocodile handler.

It is not known why the illegal hunters did not make off with their giant catch.

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