KLANG, Malaysia - A six-metre long saltwater crocodile weighing about a tonne, that was caught in a tidal sluice in Kampung Tok Muda in Kapar, has died.
Selangor Wildlife and National Parks Department director (Perhilitan) Abd Rahim Othman said the reptile was dead when handed to department officers after it was caught at about 10am yesterday.
"We will send the carcass to the Veterinary Services Department in Paya Indah Wetlands for a postmortem.
"That will help us determine its species, gender, age, and cause of death," he said, adding that samples from the carcass would also be sent to the Perhilitan laboratory.
Sungai Pinang district Fire and Rescue Department chief Zaidi Ahtan said the distress call, reporting that a crocodile was in the sluice, came in at 11.41pm on Saturday.
"But we could not see the reptile when we arrived because the tide had come in, so we went back the next morning," he said.
After working for close to three hours, the firemen managed to hoist the crocodilefrom the 9m-deep channel.
Zaidi said it was the largest catch ever recorded by the district fire station.