- Villagers in Indonesia who were terrified by an half-tonne crocodile have killed the animal and transported it to a burial site
- The 4.5 metre-long reptile, estimated to be 50 years, was believed to be an evil spirit
- The villagers buried the animal's head and body separately because they believe that this will prevent it from haunting them
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An half-tonne crocodile named Demon has been transported to a burial site in Indonesia after it was hunted by villagers.
The Sun reports that the 4.5-metre-long reptile was hunted by villagers in Bangka Belitung Islands because they feared the beast was an evil spirit.
Legit.ng gathers that the crocodile, estimated to be 50 years, was killed by terrified locals who carried it to a burial site on a bulldozer.
The crocodile's head and body were buried separately because the villagers believe that this will prevent the animal from haunting them.
Before the crocodile was buried, authorities arrived at the scene and found that it had no teeth.
The head of the local conversation centre, Septian Garo, said officials negotiated with the villagers to let them handle the 500kg body but superstitious locals insisted they keep the animal for religious reasons.
He said: "There was a belief that the crocodile should not be removed from the village because it is a demon."
In other news, rare images of Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Mbe mountains have been captured by conservationists.
The images are proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts.
John Oates who helped establish conservation efforts for the gorillas more than two decades ago was excited about the new images.
Oates, who is a professor emeritus at City University of New York and a primatologist, said: “It was great to see … evidence that these gorillas in these mountains are reproducing successfully because there have been so few images in the past.
“We know very little about what is going on with reproduction with this subspecies, so to see many young animals is a positive sign.”
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