Angry villagers have killed 292 Indonesian crocodiles in revenge after one of them was reportedly killed by one of the reptiles.
Report from Indonesia say the angry Indonesian villagers were wielding clubs and machetes pounced on the crocodile conversation centre in that country.
Images from the scene show a huge pile of bloodied dead crocodiles surrounded by onlookers.
Before the attack, a 48-year man was said to have been killed after he entered an enclosure at a crocodile breeding farm in Papua province.
According to the police and conservation officials, the man was looking for grass to feed his livestock.
Shortly after the burial of the man, villagers mobilised, overpowered guards and killed the almost 300 Indonesian crocodiles.
“One of the crocodile farm employees… heard someone screaming for help and ran to the scene where they saw a person being mauled by a crocodile,” skynews quoted Basar Manullang, head of Indonesia’s natural resources conservation agency in West Papua, was quoted as saying.
The family of the crocodile victim joined by hundreds of other locals marched to the police station to complain about the farm being in a residential area.
They were told the breeder would pay compensation.
Unsatisfied with this response, the mob, armed with clubs, knives, machetes and shovels, went to the crocodile farm and killed 292 crocodiles, report says.
The angry villager outnumbered police and conservation officials, “we were unable to stop the mob,” official said.
Meanwhile, Indonesian authorities have burned the carcasses of the Indonesian crocodiles, report says.
“The dead Indonesian crocodiles have been burned and buried around the farming area,” said Basar Manullang, a conservation official.