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Indonesia Mob Kills 300 Crocodiles

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Indonesia Mob Kills 300 Crocodiles

A mob of villagers has killed nearly 300 crocodiles at a sanctuary for the animals in the Indonesian province of West Papua.

The slaughter was in retaliation for a local man thought to have been killed by one animal from the site, report the BBC and CNN.

The man was on a crocodile farm, probably looking for grass to feed his livestock, when he was attacked by one of the animals Friday, according to a statement from the head of Indonesia's Natural Resources Conservation Agency in West Papua, Basar Manullang, Reuters reported.

After he was buried Saturday, villagers stormed the farm and killed all the crocodiles there, Manullang said.

Officials and police said they were not able to stop the attack and may now press charges.

The killing of a protected species is a crime that carries a fine or imprisonment in Indonesia.

Images from the scene showed crowds surrounding piles of bloodied crocodiles.

One local resident named Olga told The Jakarta Post that the residents used knives to kill the crocodiles. "It was so horrid to see," Olga said.

Image credit: Reuters