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Crocodile kills 10-year-old boy in front of siblings

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Crocodile kills 10-year-old boy in front of siblings

A crocodile has eaten a 10-year-old boy alive in front of his siblings in the southern Philippines.

He was reportedly snatched from a boat he was on with his two older siblings near the town of Balabac – an area notorious for attacks by enormous crocodiles.

The saltwater predators’ shrinking habitat is leading to an increased confrontation between the animals and humans, authorities in the Philippines said.

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The child’s father was unable to find his son during an overnight search, but a fisherman later discovered the boy’s half-eaten remains in a mangrove swamp late on Monday, according to police.

The Philippines’ rapidly expanding economy and population have meant the crocodiles – which can grow to well over 5 metres long and weigh up to a tonne – have been forced out of their former habitats as towns and cities have grown.

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In February this year, a crocodile attacked a 12-year-old boy who was swimming in a Balabac river, but he managed to tear himself free from the animal when his siblings hit the reptile’s head with oars until it let him go, Mr Pabello said.

A crab fisherman was killed and also found half-eaten by a crocodile in Balabac in February last year. The man was killed just three months after his 12-year-old niece was also dragged away by a crocodile in late 2017. She was never seen again.

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(independent.co.uk)

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