Farmer bitten by 7-ft croc

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 07 2014 10:31 AM | Updated as of Nov 08 2014 03:41 AM

PALAWAN - A farmer escaped with his life after being bitten by a crocodile in Bataraza, Palawan Monday afternoon.

Junny Baldad said his children were catching mud fish (dalag) and tilapia when they felt something heavy weighing their net down.

Baldad said he was surprised to see a crocodile caught in the net.

The farmer tried to bind the crocodile's legs but the animal bit him on the leg.

Baldad said his leg is still numb. Due to the deep wounds, he might not be able to work in the farm for some time.

The seven-foot juvenile crocodile was already weak when officials of the barangay and the coast guard came.

Baranagay Kagawad Francisco Talazon said the natural habitat of crocodiles is being disturbed due to the decreasing number of mangroves in the area.

In the meantime, residents have tied the crocodile to a tree.

The Palawan Rescue and Wildlife Conservation Center will get the crocodile soon and take care of it until it can survive on its own in the wild.—report from Ephraim Canoy, ABS-CBN News