A 13-foot crocodile has been swimming around Indonesia with a tire around its neck since 2016 and now officials are offering a reward to anyone who can safely get it off.
According to Indonesia’s state-run Antara news agency, the 4-meter crocodile was first spotted roaming the Palu River in the province of Central Sulawesi.
The crocodile survived an earthquake and tsunami that struck the region in 2018.
Fearing the reptile may get strangled, Central Sulawesi’s Natural Resources Conservation Office (BKSDA) this week launched a contest to free it.
“A reward will be given to anyone who can release the hapless reptile,” Central Sulawesi BKSDA chief Hasmuni Hasmar said, according to the Antara report.
Hasmar did not disclose any more details of the reward.
There have been previous attempts to get the tire off the crocodile. In January 2018, a conservationist and “animal whisperer” was unsuccessful in removing the tire, according to Antara.
Antara also reported that in the same year, the conservation office tried to lure the crocodile using chicken and meat, and a “crocodile trap” also failed.