SEBERANG PERAI, Aug 20, 2014:

The sighting of a medium-sized crocodile basking on the banks of the Sungai Perai estuary has caused much excitement and panic among locals and passers-by there. The approximately five-kilometre long river is said to be a habitat for the reptiles, according to Penang Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director Loo Kean Seong.

He said the last sighting of crocodile footprints was reported last month and since then, signage has been put up in the area to inform the public of the existence of crocodiles in the river.

“It is their habitat and the local folk there are aware of it, but signage has been put up for those not from there in case they do not know and carry out activities such as fishing and swimming there.

“It is also an offence to kill the endangered animal and those found to cause harm are liable to fine or jail or both,” said Loo when contacted.

He said he had yet to receive official information on today’s sighting, but was aware of the sighting of the reptile.

Meanwhile, councillor David Marshel from the Seberang Prai Municipal said the crocodile was spotted early this morning by villagers staying nearby.

“I will be contacting Perhilitan soon as the river flowing from Ampang Jajar to Muara Sungai Prai have residences nearby and many go there to fish.

“I have been made aware of the signage put up there by Perhilitan, but we will monitor the area to ensure no untoward incidents take place,” he said when contacted.

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