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This Crocodile Is in Need of a Brave but Good Samaritan

Indonesia officials are offering a reward to free reptile from tire
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2020 10:13 AM CST
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The motorcycle tire is believed to be slowly strangling the animal.   (YouTube/AFP)

(Newser) – Got a death wish? Head to Indonesia, where officials are looking for a person willing to free a 13-foot crocodile from the tire wrapped around its neck. The croc was first spotted, wearing the motorcycle tire like a necklace, in the Palu River of Central Sulawesi in 2016, reports CNN. The province's Natural Resources Conservation Office stepped up in 2018, after a so-called "animal whisperer" failed to remove the tire, but the croc apparently wasn't keen on the chicken used as bait by the conservation office, per Antara News.

With few officials available to handle the beast and mounting fears that the growing croc will be strangled—the Telegraph cites a video showing it "gasping for air"—the conservation chief announced this week that "a reward will be given to anyone who can release the hapless reptile." Hasmuni Hasmar noted the undisclosed sum would come out of his own pocket. Those serious about the task should have experience in wildlife rescue, he added. "We're asking the general public not to get close." (A croc in Australia consumed what might be an orthopaedic plate.)

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