Villagers have praised an Indonesian man for catching a crocodile measuring 4.3 meters (14.1ft) on the island of Sulawesi using a simple rope.
The giant reptile can be seen in a video being fastened around the jaws by Usman, who like many Indonesians has a name. Usman said he had been roaming the area for at least two days, scaring locals.
“If we had left it, it would have landed and we could not have entered the rice fields,” the 53-year-old said.
“There are also drainage canals around the roads here, places where locals fish. It would have been dangerous if he had crawled through the drainage channels. I had to take a chance,” he said.
The capture of the crocodile was hailed by others in the village of Ambau Indah.
“What Usman has done is appreciated by the community. Some even consider it a heroic act, as it saved many people who could have become victims,” Umar Siddiq al-Farizi said.
In the past, there had been several crocodile attacks in the area, he said. He also praised Usman’s decision to report the capture to authorities.
“He (Usman) viewed this as a rare animal whose habitat had been damaged by the floods. He thought it should be protected and not killed,” Umar said.
The crocodile will be released back into the wild, an official with the local Natural Resources Conservation Agency said.