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


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

by Margaret Osborne/

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’s 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”—but was unsuccessful. Australian crocodile wrangler Matthew Wright also tried and failed. He told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Greg Jennett that the reptile “definitely is one of the most difficult crocodiles I’ve had to catch in my career.”

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master's of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator. She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen - one daughter-in-law; Katie - two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia - and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with her husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescues.