A crocodile roughly two-metres-long was discovered in a home in Phetchabun province on Saturday has led to the owner of a local crocodile breeding farm to allegedly admit that the croc might have escaped in recent flooding.
Following the admission provincial fishery officials accompanied by the president of the Tambin Sadiang Administrative Organisation inspected the Kiat Farm in Tambon Sadiang, where they found the owner Somkiat Tangpaitoon had not renewed his license to operate the farm which had over 100 crocodiles.
Officials said following the inspection that the farms operations would be suspended and all of the reptiles seized.
The owner now faces the charge of running a breeding program of protected species without a license which carries a jail term of 1 year in prison and or a fine of up to 40,000 baht.
Somkiat allegedly told officials that recent rains had left the farm waterlogged which may have allowed the crocodile to reach an air duct in one of the enclosure walls.
Locals reported sightings of two other crocodiles which officials are now currently searching for.
Source : The Nation
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