SINGAPORE - In what the National Parks Board (NParks) has called "a rare occurrence", several visitors to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve came across a saltwater crocodile lying across the main footpath.
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Statement from Mr Wong Tuan Wah Director, Conservation National Parks Board:
"We have spotted estuarine crocodiles, Crocodylus porosus, within the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, and they are usually found in the water or at the mudflats away from the visitor routes.
"Warning signs and advisory notices have been posted at areas where crocodiles are most often seen.
"Visitors should heed these signs, which advise the public to stay on the visitor routes and not venture off the designated paths.
"Should visitors encounter a crocodile on the path, they should stay calm and back away slowly. If they need help, they should call the Information Counter (Tel: 67941401) immediately.
"On 20 Nov, a few visitors at Sungei Buloh encountered a crocodile across a footpath. This is a rare occurrence and we will be monitoring the situation to ensure public safety."