Horrific footage has emerged that shows the massacred bodies of hundreds of captive crocodiles in West Papua, Indonesia.
The crocs were killed in what is thought to have been a revenge attack by locals after one of their community was another crocodile, though it is not known whether the person killed was killed by one of the captive crocodiles or a wild one.
The massacred reptiles were being kept in a lake on the estate of a local businessman in the Sorong Regency, in West Papua. The attack started when locals stormed the businessman's property and began to beat the crocodiles to death with picks, axes, and other implements.
The police were eventually called, but once they arrived on the scene they were apparently unable to stop the killings and by the time the people were done, hundreds of crocodiles had been killed in the most brutal fashion possible.
As the police officers watched on, the death toll and the body count grew significantly as the local people's anger spilled out.
An eyewitness at the scene put the total number of crocodiles that were killed at around 292.
One of the residents of the nearby area, called Enos Barmala, confirmed to reporters at the scene that the mass killing was a 'spontaneous action' as a direct response to the killing of a member of the local community.
As previously stated, it is not yet known whether the crocodiles that were being kept on the property were responsible for the person's death or not.
Of the 23 species of crocodile in the world, only six are considered to be an immediate danger to humans, and it is also thought that only crocs that are up to nine metres long present a serious danger to humans.
Just last week a monster crocodile was captured in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory of Australia. The huge reptile measured in at 15 feet long (that's just short of 5 metres) and weighed in at nearly 600kg. Crikey, mate.
It was captured by real-life Steve Irwins Chris Heydon and John Burke, who said that they had been tracking it for 8 years. Burke said: "We average a 4.2 metre croc most years, but never this big.
"When they are this big we just sedate them, so there is no chance of us getting chomped.
"We put traps in, conducted numerous spotlight checks over the years... He was was just much smarter than us. He was wise and he deserves respect."
They certainly showed it some of that - in fact, they only caught it so that they could release it elsewhere and ensure that it is not a danger to humans.
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