BATU PAHAT, Malaysia: A 2.5-metre crocodile was caught in a drain near an oil palm plantation at Bukit Pasir by a senior citizen and his two grandchildren.
The buaya tembaga (Crocodylus Porosus) was snared at around 12am on Thursday.
Sarjuni Katmo, 79, said he and his two grandchildren, Azhar Jaris, 22 and Zulkifli Khairudin, 17, wrestled with the animal for more than two hours before subduing it.
"I believe the crocodile laid eggs somewhere in the area as work on the nearby river made the area unsuitable for nesting," he said, adding that the drain flowed directly into the Batu Pahat river.
When contacted, state Perhilitan director A. Razak Majid said he was aware of the capture.
"We advised Sarjuni to release the reptile back to its natural habitat. He obliged and released it into a nearby river yesterday," he said.
-The Star/Asia News Network