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Scientist Believed To Have Died After Falling Into Crocodile Enclosure

Scientist Believed To Have Died After Falling Into Crocodile Enclosure

2 hours ago 0  Shares Scientist Believed To Have Died After Falling Into Crocodile Enclosure Mon Jan 14 2019 11:39:35 GMT+0000 (GMT) Mon Jan 14 2019 13:00:01 GMT+0000 (GMT) Claire Reid Claire Reid in  News Powered by A scientist is believed to have died after she was eaten by crocodile she was attempting to feed…

A scientist is believed to have died after she was eaten by crocodile she was attempting to feed at the lab she worked.

Forty-four-year-old Deasy Tuwo, from Indonesia, was reportedly dragged into the enclosure by a crocodile while she was feeding it at a research facility in North Sulawesi.

The croc, named Merry, was later found with the scientist's remains still in its jaws. According to officials, the animal may have stood on its hind legs and jumped up the wall of the enclosure, which was 8ft high, before dragging her into the water.

Merry has reportedly attacked other crocs but wasn't considered to be a risk to humans.

The crocodile was strapped to a flatbed and carried away for testing. Credit: Viral Press
The crocodile was strapped to a flatbed and carried away for testing. Credit: Viral Press

Rescuers attempted to revive Deasy, whose body was found savaged. As they approached, the crocodile was said to 'thrash violently'.

Deasy, who was a lead scientist, was described as a quiet woman and animal-lover.

A colleague of Deasy's, Erling Rumengan said: “We were curious when we looked at the crocodile pool, there was a floating object, it was Deasy's body.

“We were afraid to touch it and we immediately reported the incident at the Tombariri police station.

“It's possible the crocodile jumped from the side. Maybe it's because the crocodile was still full, it didn't finish eating her body.”

Another former co-worker added: “She was the head of the lab. A quiet person. We're confused about how this happened.

The incident took place inside a research facility in Indonesia. Credit: Viral Press
The incident took place inside a research facility in Indonesia. Credit: Viral Press

“The crocodile eats chicken, tuna and meat. Everything must be fresh, he doesn't want to eat if it's frozen or has died a few days.”

Shocking images show Merry strapped to a flatbed, which was then taken away so tests could be carried out to find out if it had eaten parts of the woman's body. Merry is set to be taken to a wildlife rescue centre where the tests will be performed.

Cops have said they're attempting to contact the owner of the crocodile who is believed to be a businessman from Japan who opened the research facility.

Tomohon police chief Raswin Sirait said: “We are still looking for the owner of the crocodile, besides that we have coordinated with the authorities in the area.

“I believe the owner must acknowledge this horrible incident. But we have neither seen him nor know where he is.

“We also need to know if he is legally permitted to own crocodiles and other expensive aquatics in his company. If there is no permit, he will be detained.”

Featured Image Credit: Viral Press

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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