“Lepang”, a 2.8-metre-long male crocodile which was caught near Lepang beach in Phuket’s Thalang district in September will be kept at the Phuket zoo because it is a hybrid species.
The decision to keep the Lepang crocodile at Phuket zoo was made at a meeting on Friday (Nov 17) of the Fisheries Department and relevant agencies, including Kasetsart and Mahildol universities and the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation.
Fisheries Department chief Adisorn Promthep said DNA tests showed that Lepang crocodile was a hybrid species of fresh-water and salt-water crocodiles and, therefore, could not be released into the wild.
He said that the private zoo was a more appropriate place to keep the crocodile because the state has no space to keep the reptile.
Mr Adisorn said the crocodile is in good shape and can eat as normal.
The Lepang crocodile caused a big stir among tourists and locals when it was sighted in the sea off Lepang beach in Thalang district in late August. A hunt was launched and it was eventually captured and raised at a pond in a research centre in Phuket.
A hunt has been launched for a huge crocodile spotted in the sea off Bang Tao beach in Phuket. http://bit.ly/2wSNzyU #ThaiPBSenglishnews
Posted by Thai PBS English News on Wednesday, 30 August 2017
A large crocodile caught in a pond near Lepang beach of Phuket earlier this morning is believed to be the same one spotted last week. http://bit.ly/2wntr6M #ThaiPBSenglish
Posted by Thai PBS English News on Thursday, 31 August 2017