400kg crocodile found at Kranji Reservoir
SINGAPORE – A 400kg crocodile, in all probability one of many largest to have roamed wild right here in many years, has been discovered lifeless on the Kranji Reservoir grounds.
National water company PUB, which oversees the world, stated that it acquired suggestions from its crocodile handler on April 18 that a lifeless crocodile was noticed on the Kranji Reservoir space.
“Upon receiving the report, PUB officers instantly went on website and located a lifeless crocodile. Arrangements have been then made for the crocodile handler to take away it from the reservoir and the lifeless crocodile was disposed of at a close-by farm,” stated Mr Tan Nguan Sen, Director of Catchment & Waterways at PUB.
There is a historical past of crocodile sightings on the Kranji Reservoir space, PUB stated in a media assertion.
Twelve crocodiles have been caught alive since 1989, with the final one caught in 2006. There have been no crocodile sightings reported in Kranji in 2012 and 2013.
PUB stated it acquired a report that a crocodile was noticed in Jan 2014 on the Kranji Intake Bund, which is situated at a distant space of the reservoir and is out-of-bounds to the general public. There are warning indicators to alert the general public on the potential presence of crocodiles there.
“Since 1989, PUB has authorised a staff of crocodile handlers to seize them alive and hand them over to a crocodile farm in Kranji for safekeeping. This measure was taken to stop the crocodile from endangering staff and guests to the reservoir,” stated Mr Tan.
PUB stated its officers perform surveillance on the reservoir each day. In the occasion that crocodiles are noticed, fishing actions are suspended as a security precaution.
To protect the pure and tranquil setting of Kranji Reservoir, PUB has not launched water-based mostly actions at Kranji Reservoir. However, designated areas are opened up for leisure fishing. The designated fishing floor is situated close to the areas the place facilities corresponding to transportation and bogs can be found.
Should the general public spot any crocodiles, they’re suggested to not provoke them and to maintain away. Once at a protected distance, they need to instantly contact PUB’s 24 hour name centre at 1800 284 6600 or AVA’s Animal Response Centre at 1800 476 1600.