6m-long crocodile caught after 11-hour operation in Malaysia dies hours after capture

The reptile was caught after it got stuck overnight in a pool in Kampung Tok Muda.
The reptile was caught after it got stuck overnight in a pool in Kampung Tok Muda. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

MALAYSIA - A 6m-long crocodile weighing about a tonne was captured on Sunday (May 28) in the morning at a dam in the town of Kapar, Selangor

It died about two hours after an 11-hour operation to capture it and as it was about to be given to the Wildlife and National Parks Department, according to the New Straits Times.

Staff working at the dam first saw the crocodile on Saturday at about 11.45pm. They then called the Sungai Pinang Fire and Rescue Department, which despatched 14 firemen to the scene.

The Star reported that the firemen could not initially find the reptile due to the high tide.

However, they caught the animal at about 10am on Sunday.

Sungai Pinang Fire and Rescue Department chief Zaidi Ahtan said: "The pool was about 9m deep and the space was narrow."

He added: "We had to use the chain lock and other special tools to winch the reptile up. We also covered its eyes throughout the process so that it would not get aggressive."

Selangor Wildlife and National Parks Department director Abd Rahim Othman told the New Straits Times: "The carcass is being transported to the Paya Indah Wetlands. A post mortem will be conducted by the veterinarian there to determine to cause and time of death, its species, gender, age and others."