|CROC “INDANAN” IN DANGER|
|Friday, 11 January 2013 18:42|
Belonging to the species facing a high risk of extinction, “Indanan”, a saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), is literally in danger. The crocodile arrived on 05 January 2013 at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Wildlife Rescue Center in a very poor health condition. It was severely stressed and suffering from serious injuries.
The crocodile had a gaping wound of about two inches wide, half an inch deep and a foot long that runs across the ventral part of the base of the tail. Its left eye was closed from apparent serious wound; head had bruises; upper and lower jaws, tip of the tail and lower back were injured; several teeth were missing caused by the nylon rope tightly tied on its upper jaw.
It took almost two hours for the PAWB officers and veterinarians, headed by Director Theresa Mundita Lim, to clean and sew up the gaping wound, administer treatment, inject antibiotics and provide multi-vitamins to “Indanan”. The croc will be subject to close monitoring and follow up medications as long as necessary.
“Indanan” was allegedly captured by two fishermen on 16 November 2012. Baptized by the media, it was named after the municipality where it was captured, the Municipality of Indanan in Sulu. It was specifically caught in Subah Datu River in Barangay Buansa. It got its way to Manila through the commercial boat MV Mary Joy 3 from Sulu to Zamboanga City on 22 December 2012, then airlifted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines-C130 to Manila on 05 January 2013. Kadra Annil, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer of DENR-Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao in Jolo arranged for its transport to Zamboanga. Lt. General Lauro Catalino dela Cruz of AFP facilitated the air trip of “Indanan” to Manila in response to representation made by Director Lim.
“Indanan” is an adult male with a total body length of 10.5 feet. He will be maintained in confinement at the PAWB-Wildlife Rescue Center until his condition stabilizes. If he fully recovers, he may be released back to Buansa or brought to the DENR’s crocodile farming institute in Palawan for permanent safekeeping in a concrete pen. Under natural condition, his kind thrives in both saltwater and freshwater ecosystems. “Indanan” is a kin of “Lolong”, the largest captive crocodile in the world that is kept in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. (J.de Leon, PAWB)