A DAD had recovered the head and leg of his son after the ten-year-old was dragged from a boat by a crocodile in front of his family.
The boy was grabbed by a saltwater croc while sitting in a small wooden boat with his two old siblings off the island of Balabac in the Philippines.
A ten-year-old boy was killed after being dragged from a boat by a saltwater crocodile[/caption]
He had been sitting in a boat with his older siblings of the island of Balabac in the Philippines[/caption]
He was reportedly sitting at the back of the boat when the attack happened.
The boy’s father searched for him overnight, but his grisly remains were later discovered by a fisherman in a nearby mangrove swamp.
Police said the body parts were found on Tuesday.
The saltwater crocodile is the world’s largest living reptile, growing to a length of up to six meters and a weight of up to 1,000kg.
They are native to the saltwater habitats and brackish wetlands from India’s east coast across Southeast Asia to northern Australia.
They are an apex predator, and typically ambushes its prey before drowning it or eating it whole.
A century of habitat depletion, dynamite fishing, and illegal hunting have meant they are now a threatened species.
Growing populations and a demand for mangrove bark, which can be sold illegally for use in the manufacture of dye, are bringing humans into increasing contact with crocodiles in the Philippines, and the country has seen a spate of attacks in recent years.
Regional official Jovic Pabello told reporters: “Since 2015, we’ve never had a year with zero crocodile attacks in Balabac.
“It’s a conflict on water use.”
In November last year, a crocodile was spotted with a human arm in its jaws after 33-year-old fisherman Cornelio Bonite disappeared near Balabac.
A month earlier, a 16-year-old girl, Parsi Diaz, escaped after a croc grabbed her by the thigh when she jumped into the bay to swim.
The year before that, a 12-year-old girl was attacked as she tried to cross a river.
A few months later, the same girl’s uncle was ripped in two during an attack.
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Balabac is municipality made up of a 36 islands in the Philippines.
The uncommon plant and animal species indigenous to the archipelago, as well we its biodiversity, have moved some scholars to recommend that the island be made into a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Balabac has seen a spate of crocodile attacks in recent years[/caption]
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