Sandakan Farm Owner Briefs Wildlife Dept On Worker Attacked By Croc


SANDAKAN: The owner of the Sandakan Crocodile Farm where a part-time worker was left with a crushed right forearm and a severed leg when attacked by the reptile last Monday has clarified to the Sabah Wildlife Department on the incident.

State Wildlife Director Augustine Tuuga said he had met the farm owner to seek explanation on the incident.

“Investigation is being conducted by the police and the department is not making any comment,” he said when contacted by Bernama Thursday.

He said an officer from the department had also visited the victim.

Meanwhile, the crocodile farm has been closed temporarily and a check by Bernama to the farm at Batu 8 Jalan Labuk here found the main entrance closed.

The victim, aged 35, and also a part-time bird carer at the farm, is being treated at the Duchess of Kent Hospital here.

The incident happened at 1.45pm at the farm at Batu 8 when the worker tried to pet the reptile after feeding it.

The man was rubbing the crocodile on its snout when the reptile suddenly turned on him.

The crocodile farm, which is managed by a private operator and is licenced, is one of the tourist attractions in the district.

In MIRI, the body of a teenage girl was found floating in the Sungai Tapang Peking Baram in Marudi after she was attacked by a crocodile while bathing with her mother yesterday.

Marudi Fire and Rescue Department chief Zulbada Alior said the body of Agnes Luang, 17, was found at 11.10am about two kilometres from where she was attacked.

The body was in good condition with only a crocodile bite on it, he told Bernama when contacted.

In the 6.30pm incident, the victim, who was waiting for the results of her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations, was attacked and dragged underwater by a crocodile while bathing in the river near the Rumah Panjang Japang.