A mammoth crocodile weighing almost a tonne has been caught in a drain system in Malaysia, drawing a crowd as authorities removed the animal.
The five-metre long beast is believed to have become disorientated after recent storms and heavy rain.
Shocked locals found it thrashing around in a drainage channel near the St Edmund's School in Limbang City, Sarawak, earlier this week.
Terrified residents fled as the snarling croc tried to escape, but the tight squeeze meant it was trapped.
Malaysian Fire and Rescue officials said fearful residents shot the crocodile to subdue it. However, when they removed it later Tuesday morning (local time) it was still alive.
“The crocodile had a gunshot wound and we tried our best to save it,” a spokesperson said.
Fire and Rescue Officers in Limbang City hauled out the 800kg crocodile using a forklift truck before it was placed on a lorry.
“The crocodile was about 80 years old. It was taken to the Sarawak Forest Service where vets performed emergency treatment but sadly it died,” authorities said.
Chief Executive Officer of the Sarawak Forestry Service, Zolkipli Mohamad, said that his team had to put the crocodile down because of the wounds it had suffered from locals.
“The crocodile was critically injured from the severe wound it had suffered on its head. It had to be euthanised. There will be an investigation into who shot the crocodile and why,” he said.
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