Si Racha residents alarmed after two baby crocodiles were found at a lagoon in a public park

PHOTO: Chamnan SI Racha / Chon News TV

Si Racha –

Two baby crocodiles, or hatchlings, were found in a Si Racha lagoon this week by a security guard, leading residents to fear that the lagoon may have more crocodiles.

Mr. Panna Poompanieng, 52, who is a security guard at a public park in the Chao Phraya Surasak Municipality in Nong Kham told local media, “I was patrolling the area earlier this week before noticing a fish trap that been left against park policy near the lagoon. I went down to the waterside to retrieve the trap.”

“Imagine my surprise when the trap and area nearby had two very young crocodiles swimming around the vicinity.” Panna continued.

“I believe there are more baby crocodiles in the lagoon as a mother crocodile normally gave birth eight to ten babies at a time,” Panna stated.

“Environmental authorities have to inspect this lagoon to see if there is a large crocodile present as it is not safe for locals who often fish and swim in the lagoon area,” Panna concluded.

It was not immediately clear what happened to the baby crocodiles, notes TPN media. Wild crocodiles are uncommon in Thailand after extensive hunting over the past several decades, however, Thailand has some of the world’s biggest crocodile farms with populations of over one million and they occasionally escape from these locations into ponds, streams, lakes, and other areas during seasonal flooding. Officials in Si Racha have not yet commented on the origin of the baby crocodiles.

PHOTO: Chamnan SI Racha / Chon News TV

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