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Croc kills Indonesian fishing for crabs in river

May 30, 2013

KUPANG, Indonesia (AP) — A saltwater crocodile killed a man in an Indonesian river near villages where people have reported livestock losses in recent weeks.

The crocodile apparently sprang from the water and pulled 51-year-old Zam Ledoh under as he searched for crabs, Kupang district police spokesman Lt. Yoseph Marsudi said Thursday.

It happened Tuesday in the Amabi river in East Nusatenggara province, and the farmer’s mangled body was found downriver the next day.

Villagers in the area have asked authorities to do more to protect them from crocodiles, including hunting and killing the one that killed the farmer.

Marsudi said the river is home to some 20 saltwater crocodiles but attacks against humans are rare.

A crocodile killed another farmer in the same river in January, and residents killed it days later.

Saltwater crocodiles can grow to up to 23 feet (7 meters) long and are the world’s largest reptile.

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