Regular readers will know that this squirrel is highly suspicious about what lurks below the surface of the water – whether it be at sea or in deep fresh water pools or rivers. This is evidenced by the following posts, “Not Going Swimming Soon“, “Still Not Going Swimming Soon“, “More Reasons for Not Going Swimming Soon” and “Fishy Tale“. Just when, the squirrel was beginning to think it might be okay to dip his paws into the water, news came about this monster crocodile in Mindanao, Philippines.
It is believed that this “croczilla” attacked and killed at least one person in 2009. A hunt organised then was unsuccessful. More recently, it is believed to have killed a fisherman in July this year and many witnesses saw it kill a water buffalo last month.
Officials with the help of crocodile experts, set up four traps at the creek where it was sighted but the crocodile destroyed the traps. They eventually caught it after a three week hunt, using a trap made from steel cable.
This monster measures in at 21 feet or close to 7 m and weighs in excess of one tonne which makes it substantially bigger than the current recorded crocodile caught. It took 100 men to pull it out of the creek. Just look at the monster in the photos below.
Malaysia too has its share of crocodiles. Attacks on people and livestock still occurs frequently in the rivers of East Malaysia. In West Malaysia, the situation is different. Although historically crocodiles were a menace and attacks were frequent, incidences of such attacks have practically disappeared in the last 50 years.
While it is true that man-eating crocodiles were hunted down and killed, there are still crocodiles in the rivers today but they seem to stay away from humans. Why this is so is unclear; perhaps the remaining crocodiles have learned to fear men or perhaps there are so few crocodiles today and their natural food so plentiful that they leave humans alone. No one knows for sure.
But if you were to speak to the bomohs or village shamans and the elderly but experienced crocodile hunters, they have a different explanation. They will tell you that in every river, there is the one king crocodile which they call the “Bujang”. The Bujang is the one that influences the crocodiles to attack humans. Once you have killed the Bujang, then the rest of the crocodiles will leave humans alone.
It may be easy to dismiss this as superstitious fables but these men are well respected in their communities as being able to call and attract the Bujang to shore where they can kill it.
As for me, I can’t stop thinking that the ‘croczilla” is long enough to swallow three of me lined up length-wise and still have room for R2D2 for dessert.