A crocodile has eaten a scientist alive while she was feeding it.
The tragic incident occurred early this year in the facility called CV Yosiki Laboratory in the Indonesian province of Sulawesi Utara. The 16 foot long (5 Meters) crocodile pulled the unsuspecting Deasy Tuwo into his cage after he stood on his hind legs and skipped an almost 10 foot-high (3m) concrete wall.
The 44-year old’s badly-mauled body was found by colleagues the following morning, Hendrik Rundengan, from the local conservation agency, told AFP.
“The indication is that she fell into the crocodile’s enclosure,” he said.
The crocodile, named Merry, had eaten one of the woman’s hands and most of her abdomen was missing, Rundengan said. “These parts may still be inside the crocodile now.”
The giant reptile was sedated and removed from its enclosure in a three-hour operation that involved dozens of people, including conservation officials, the army and police.
The reptile, which was owned illegally, will be transferred to a conservation area, Rundengan said.
The Indonesian archipelago is home to a vast array of exotic wildlife, including several species of crocodile that regularly attack and kill humans.
In April 2016, a Russian tourist was killed by a crocodile in the Raja Ampat islands, a popular diving site in the east of the archipelago.