3-metre crocodile that possibly escaped from farm captured in Phuket

A crocodile is believed to have dragged British journalist Paul McClean away on Thursday afternoon.

PHUKET’s Fisheries Office has reportedly caught a 3m-long crocodile, believed to be the same creature spotted and filmed by a foreign tourist last week.

A team of hunters from the fisheries department, Freshwater Fisheries Suppression and Prevention Centre in Surat Thani and a private crocodile farm in Phuket spotted and nabbed the huge reptile after 3.30am in a lagoon near Lepang beach, reported Thai PBS.

It is thought to have been an escapee from a crocodile farm.

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Authorities had warned locals and tourists to be on high alert after the crocodile was sighted earlier this week.

“Phuket has no crocodile farms, but nearby provinces do,” said Phuket governor Norapat Plodthong on Wednesday, as quoted by The Nation.

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A crocodile farm in Thailand. Source: Shutterstock

Marine biologist Thon Thamrongnawasawat said “it was time” for crocodile farms in Thailand to be strictly checked, so as to avoid escapes or other problems.

Officials have not yet determined whether the beast is a fresh or saltwater crocodile. – Asian Correspondent

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