Indonesian captures huge crocodile with rope

Indonesian captures huge crocodile with rope

Usman, 53, a villager of Ambau Indah, tries to capture a 4-metre long crocodile, in Buton, Indonesia on Saturday in this screen grab obtained from social media video. (Ansar/via REUTERS)
Usman, 53, a villager of Ambau Indah, tries to capture a 4-metre long crocodile, in Buton, Indonesia on Saturday in this screen grab obtained from social media video. (Ansar/via REUTERS)

Fellow villagers have praised an Indonesian man for capturing a crocodile longer than 4 metres on the island of Sulawesi using just a rope.

The giant reptile was secured around the jaws by Usman, who, like many Indonesians, goes by one name. Usman said it had been roaming the area for at least two days, frightening the locals.

"If we had left it, it would have come on to land and we wouldn't have been able to go into the rice fields," the 53-year-old said.

The crocodile's capture was lauded by others in the village of Ambau Indah.

"What Usman has done is appreciated by the community. Some even consider it a heroic act, because it saved many people who could have become victims," said Umar Siddiq Al Farizi.

In the past there had been several crocodile attacks in the area, he said.

The crocodile, measuring 4.3 metres, will be released back into the wild.

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Vocabulary

  • appreciated: recognised for having good or special qualities - ประทับใจ, ซาบซึ้ง
  • capture: someone or something that has been caught - คนหรือสิ่งที่ถูกจับกุม
  • frightening (adj): making you feel afraid - น่าหวาดกลัว
  • heroic: showing great determination to succeed or to achieve something, especially something difficult - อย่างกล้าหาญ
  • jaw (noun): the bone on the lower part of the mouth that goes up and down when chewing food - ขากรรไกร
  • laud: to praise somebody/something - ชมเชย
  • reptile: any animal that has cold blood and skin covered in scales, and that lays eggs, e.g., snakes, crocodiles, etc. - สัตว์เลื้อยคลาน
  • roam: to move or travel around in no particular direction - เดินโดยปราศจากจุดหมาย
  • victim: someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
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