Injured Sulu croc flown to QC park for surgery


MANILA, Philippines—A 10-foot crocodile with a wide gash near its belly was flown from its home in Indanan, Sulu, to Manila aboard a C-130 Philippine Air Force cargo plane to be treated for its injury.

The male saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)–measuring 10.7 feet and about 15-20 years old–required a dozen men to lift it on to the operating table at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City, where it was taken.

The Department’s of Environment and Natural Resources’ Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau said the croc was caught by two fishermen in the Suba Datu river in the village of Buansa on November 16.

One of the fishermen told the local environment officer that the crocodile had been fighting with another croc when they spotted and caught it, according to PAWB Director Mundita Lim.

The croc had a gaping wound straight across the base of its tail and another wound near one of the eyes, which has since healed. Lim said the crocodile likely was injured when the locals tied a rope too tightly around it.

“It has not eaten since November,” Lim said. But she wasn’t too worried as “Lolong,” the world’s largest captive crocodile in Bunawan town, Agusan del Sur, also waited more than a month before it was able to feed in its enclosure.

From Indanan, the large reptile was taken to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Jolo, and then to Zamboanga City, where it received medical aid from local private veterinarian Dr. Anton Lim.

“But Dr. Lim recommended that it be taken to PAWB as they did not have the facilities to stitch up the wound,” Mundita Lim said.

She said her office then wrote the Air Force asking that it transport the crocodile to the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center.

The Air Force responded and in one day flew the croc to Villamor Air Base, Lim said. The crocodile arrived in Manila at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday.

Lim said the crocodile’s wound would be stitched up and treated for infection.

It still looks quite active, resisting attempts to bind it. A rope was used to hold its jaws shut.

If the crocodile recovers, it will be brought back to the place where it was found. Otherwise, it will be taken to a breeding farm in Palawan.

“Definitely, it will not stay in the Ninoy Park since it was caught in the wild,” she said.

Unlike Bunawan’s Lolong, which was kept in an enclosure for safety reasons, this crocodile of the same species was not considered a nuisance yet, Lim said.

The crocodile has not been given a name yet, she added.

But she said there were suggestions to name it “Nur,” presumably after Nur Misuari, ex-Moro rebel leader and former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, of which Sulu is a part.

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  • lumpiangshanghai

    sana BBQ na lang. dami namang buwaya diyan bakit di pa binigay sa mga nagugutom ang mga ginastos.

    • andresa igbac

      bat ganyan ang comment mo? wala ka bang alam sa ecosystem at pano ito nasisira, kaya dapat alagaan? kasama ang tao sa ecosystem na yan. at iba naman ang budget sa environment, iba para sa pantulong sa nagugutom. at sya na pala, so kaw ba, malaki binibigay mo sa mga nagugutom?

  • boybakal

    Parang lugi pa sa gasolina at gastos ng PAF C- 130 para sa buwaya sa layo ng biyahe from Sulu to Manila.
    Dapat di na lang hinuli at pinabayaan na lang sa wild for natural healing.
    Simula kay Kabang, naging animal caring na ang mga Pinoy.

    May alaga akong Ibon Pipit malungkot ayaw magkakain, pwede kayang ilipad ng C130 from Jolo to Manila, para macheck up at operahan.

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