January 18, 2021, 10.52 PM

However, a 62-year-old local man identified as Syamsul was not so lucky, after he was fatally attacked by a crocodile as he was relieving himself in the river in 2012. Another Teluk Dawan resident, Samsuar, was preyed by a crocodile in 2009 as he was bathing in the stream.

The head of the Jambi BKSDA branch, Rahmat Saleh, said he would follow up reports of the crocodile sightings. “The [Batanghari River tributary] is a known habitat for large crocodiles, because of its swampy terrain and proximity to peatland,” Rahmat noted.

Conflicts between humans and wildlife often occur on Sumatra and other parts of Indonesia, as demand for land from the country’s increasing population led them to enroach on the animals’ habitat.

 (Writers: Perdana Putra, Padang Contributor, Suwandi, Jambi Contributor | Editor : Aprillia Ika)




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