Crocodile Says Adios to Wearing A Tire Necklace for Six Long Years

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Crocodile With a Tire Stuck Around Its Neck Is Finally Freed After Six Years

by Margaret Osborne/Smithsonianmag.com

After¬†various international rescue efforts over six years, a large Indonesian crocodile with a motorcycle tire stuck around its neck in Indonesia has finally been freed, reports¬†Reuters‘¬†Abdul Rahman Muchtar.

First spotted in 2016, the female saltwater crocodile became known by locals in the city of Palu as “buaya kalung ban,” which means “crocodile with a tire necklace.”¬†It‚Äôs unclear how the tire got stuck on the crocodile in the first place, though it could have been from people trying to catch it to keep as a pet or to sell its skin, reports Mohammad Taufan for the¬†¬†Associated Press.¬†Saltwater crocodiles are a protected species in Indonesia.



Conservation officials have been trying to free it since then, even¬†offering a reward¬†in 2020 for anyone who could rescue it. That year, American outdoor adventurer and TV presenter Forrest Galante¬†tried to catch the croc¬†for a documentary called “Impossible Croc Rescue”‚ÄĒbut was unsuccessful. Australian crocodile wrangler Matthew Wright also tried and failed. He told the¬†Australian Broadcasting Corporation‚Äôs Greg Jennett that the reptile “definitely is one of the most difficult crocodiles I’ve had to catch in my career.‚ÄĚ

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