Firefighters rescue 20ft crocodile from drain in 10-hour operation – but reptile sadly dies hours later

Incredible footage has emerged of firefighters rescuing a 20ft-long crocodile from a drain during a 10-hour operation.

 

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But the rescue efforts were in vain as the reptile died hours later.

The one-tonne reptile was heard thrashing around after getting stuck in the tidal dam in Kapar, Malaysia, on Saturday night.

 

The crocodile in the drain before it was rescued

 

Emergency services arrived at 11.41pm and spent 10 hours battling to free the beast while the high tide obscured it. They eventually winched it from the water at 10am on Sunday morning but it died several hours later.

Fire and Rescue Department chief Zaidi Ahtan said it was the largest reptile they had ever rescued. He said: “We had to use the chain lock and other special tools to winch the reptile up.

 

The drain's narrowness and depth made for a difficult operation

 

The animal was pulled out of the tidal sluice and laid on the ground withers jaws and limbs tied up. Rescue workers doused it with water from a hosepipe and posed for pictures but it died two hours later.

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