Killer crocs invade tropical island, and the locals can’t fight ...

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Killer crocs invade tropical island, and the locals can’t fight back

As scientists try to work out why attacks are soaring in East Timor, the islanders continue to worship the reptiles

AFP

Mario da Cruz could only watch in horror as a small army of crocodiles killed a child on an East Timor beach – another victim of the tiny nation’s soaring rate of attacks.

Such incidents have jumped more than twentyfold over the past two decades, with an average of one person a month falling prey to the ferocious reptiles, though not all are fatal.

“I was walking along the beach, and suddenly this group of crocodiles came out of the water, so I panicked and ran, but one of them bit my leg,” explains Da Cruz...

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