Rejected by zoo, crocodile ends up on cooking pans in Indonesia

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Residents of Ciputat in South Tangerang, Banten, have reportedly killed a crocodile that they found in a river near Jalan KH Dewantara and distributed its meat for meals.

South Tangerang Police criminal unit chief Alexander Yurikho said a resident living by the riverbank saw a 2m-long crocodile swimming in the river on Thursday afternoon (June 28).

The resident then asked his neighbours to catch the aquatic reptile.

They killed it and distributed its meat.

"I think the residents want to taste crocodile meat," Alexander was quoted by tribunnews.com as saying.

The alleged owner of the animal, A. Karyana, claimed that the reptile had fled his cage.

Previously, there were plans to move the crocodile to a breeding site, with Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java, and Ragunan Zoo in South Jakarta as options.

But the zoos' management said there was no room for it, Karyana said.