Man dies in crocodile attack at Davao resort

Subscribe Now November 06, 2012 at 01:38pm

Police on Monday said a jobless man has died after being attacked by crocodiles in a southern Philippine resort. The decomposing remains of 57-year old Sorbelo Sonajo was recovered around 7 p.m. on Friday from a man-made lagoon inside the JK Mercado and Sons Agricultural Enterprises, an inland resort in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte, according to Inspector Zosimo Jose, deputy town police chief.

Jose said Sonajo, a resident of Luna village in nearby Kapalong town, apparently fell to the farm's crocodile breeding pen for a still unknown reason, and was subsequently attacked by the reptiles.

"Parts of (the victim's) head was ripped away and the arms and right leg were missing, possibly eaten by the crocodiles," the police official said, adding an investigation was now being conducted to ascertain how and why the victim was able to gain entry into the crocodile pen.

Crocodile attacks are rare in the southern Philippines, although recent cases of such incidents have led to the capture of the world's largest reptile, the saltwater crocodile named Lolong measuring at least 20 feet, in Agusan del Sur province last year.


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