- Indonesian officials are trying to locate a crocodile who has a tire stuck around its neck
- According to reports, the tire has been stuck in the crocodile’s neck for more than a year
- Authorities are opposed to the idea of using tranquilizer darts on the reptile, fearing it might disappear back into the river before the drugs take effect
Conservation officials from Indonesia are trying to locate and rescue a saltwater crocodile who has a motorbike tire wrapped around its neck on the island of Sulwesi.
According to BBC, the tire has been stuck around the neck of the reptile for more than a year already.
The poor crocodile measures around 13 feet (4 meters) long and has been regularly spotted in a river through Central Sulawesi’s capital, Palu, since 2016.
According to IBT, many people have tried to approach the reptile in order to help him get rid of the tire, but all attempts have failed. It’s unclear how it got stuck on the crocodile’s neck in the first place, but the tire could threaten its life if the animal can’t be reached.
“In the past year, we saw that there’s still enough room for the crocodile’s neck to move around,” said Haruna, head of the local conservation agency. “But we are not going to wait until the tire strangles the animal. We will rescue it.”
Authorities are opposed to the idea of using tranquilizer darts on the reptile; fearing it might disappear back into the river before the drugs take effect.