THE team that has been chasing a 3-meter long crocodile prowling around Phuket beaches for 10 days now has come up with a new ploy to catch the reptile and that is placing caged chickens on the beaches to lure the now hungry creature, the Thai-language daily Matichon reported this morning (July 27, 2018).
Mr Thavornwat Khongkaew, deputy governor of Phuket, and his team went to Layan beach to follow up on the hunt for the croc, which was first spotted on July 17 at Yanui and Nai Harn beaches.
He said the reptile was last seen at Tri Trang beach, south of Patong beach, 3 days ago but yesterday afternoon a hotel worker told the authorities that he saw crocodile marks on a beach. These marks are being checked to determine whether they belong to the same crocodile.
Local fishermen also said that they saw the crocodile near Kathu district and Sirinat National Park beaches.
However, the hunters are optimistic that the now hungry repile would be drawn to one of the 8 caged chickens they have placed along the beaches, with chickens being crocodiles’ favorite food.
Top: The latest photo of the crocodile swimming near a Phuket beach. Photo: Matichon
Below: The crocodile hunters at a Phuket beach. Photo: Matichon