A fisherman in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district yesterday got more than he bargained for when he found a 100 kilogram crocodile stuck in a net he laid out in the Meteuk river.
Thmar Da commune chief Prom Ngon said yesterday that the fisherman informed police who helped him remove it from the net and they took it to the police station.
“It was a Siamese crocodile, which does not feed on animals,” he said. “The species is common in the river and we often see these crocodiles, especially in water which is over ten meters deep.”
Mr Ngon noted that Siamese crocodiles do not bite or eat human beings.
“The fisherman who found this crocodile was not injured and no one in the commune has been hurt by a Siamese crocodile before,” Mr Ngon said.
He appealed to fishermen and people who live near the river to be careful not to injure any crocodile which could attack if it becomes angry.
“We do not catch them because so far no crocodile has hurt or killed any villager,” Mr Nhon said.
Moeun Min, the fisherman who found the crocodile, said it is the first time that he caught one. He said he had never seen one but heard from other villagers that there are crocodiles in the river where he often fishes.
“I was very shocked when I went down into the water to pull my net up. I did not catch fish, but I got a big crocodile,” he said.
According to a Wildlife Conservation Society report, there are between 100 to 300 Siamese crocodiles in Cambodia, a majority of the global population.
Siamese crocodiles are critically endangered. The species lives only in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.