Fear and fascination: 200 years of the crocodile in Singapore

(From left) Earl Mountbatten at the Tan Moh Hong Reptile Skin Farm at Serangoon Road, during a visit to Singapore in February 1972; Postcard with a photograph titled "Crocodile & Malay Boy, Singapore" with the photo taken in the 1920s; A 1.3m long ba
(From left) Earl Mountbatten at the Tan Moh Hong Reptile Skin Farm at Serangoon Road, during a visit to Singapore in February 1972; Postcard with a photograph titled "Crocodile & Malay Boy, Singapore" with the photo taken in the 1920s; A 1.3m long baby crocodile caught in a pond off West Coast Rise in November 1980, suspected to have eaten a cat. PHOTOS: ST FILE, COURTESY OF KATE POCKLINGTON
In this photo from October 1974, a 4.8m crocodile is finally bound for removal to the zoo after a two-hour struggle. It was donated to the zoo by a member of the public as it was growing too big to keep as pet.
In this photo from October 1974, a 4.8m crocodile is finally bound for removal to the zoo after a two-hour struggle. It was donated to the zoo by a member of the public as it was growing too big to keep as pet.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - In recent years, more sightings of the saltwater crocodile - including the one caught and relocated by the authorities last month at Lower Seletar Reservoir - have reignited public interest.

Its relative found at the same place three decades ago was far less lucky.

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