THE quiet village of Klong 8 in the central Thai province of Nakhon Sawan has attracted a lot of visitors since its poultry farmers began raising crocodiles for sale, the Thai-language daily Thai Rath reported today (July 19).
The idea is the brainchild of village headman Paisit Karbtong, who built his own crocodile farm six months ago. “The crocs are tough and do not get sick easily,” he said. “I started with two crocs, and now I have 12.”
As more farmers joined in, Klong 8 Village now has more than 150 crocodiles. “I used to run a passenger bus business,” said Paisit. “Now I see a bright future in the crocodile.”
Top: A Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) at a zoo in Bangkok. Photo: Bernard Dupont (CC-BY-SA-2.0)
By Songpol Kaopatumtip