Female scientist, Deasy Tuwo eaten alive in crocodile attack after reptile jumps 8ft up enclosure wall at Indonesia lab during feeding time.
A female scientist has been eaten alive by a crocodile, after it attacked her while she was feeding it at an Indonesia based lab where she worked.
Deasy Tuwo, 44, is believed to have been dragged into the enclosure by the 17ft-long crocodile while throwing meat into the pool during feeding time, Friday morning.
The crocodile, called Merry, was found with Tuwo’s remains still in its jaws at the research facility in North Sulawesi.
Indonesia local media reported officials saying the crocodile stood on its hind legs and jumped up the 8ft wall to drag her into the pool.
Staff at the facility, named CV Yosiki Laboratory, made the grim discovery later that morning, when they noticed a ‘strange shape’ in the water.
They then saw the crocodile laying on the ground with the female scientist’s savaged body in its jaws.
A regard of the macabre scene revealed the 17ft, 1,300lb croc having ripped off both of Tuwo’s arms and severely mutilating her torso after vaulting the eight-foot-high concrete wall at the lab.
Menegangkan! Mery, buaya peliharaan seberat 600 kg, memangsa Deasy Tuwo (44), warga Minahasa Utara, Sulawesi Utara. Bagaimana detik-detik evakuasinya? https://t.co/mvOjk2mCXP
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Crocodile that ate Deasy Tuwo had been known to eat other crocodiles in the past:
The reptile, who is fed fresh chicken, tuna and meat every day, has been known to attack other crocodiles in the past, but no fears had been raised it may attack humans.
Rescue workers sought to retrieve Tuwo’s body from the crocodile, which thrashed violently every time they tried to fish the corpse from the water.
Merry was captured today in the city of Tomohon and was pictured strapped to a flat-bed truck to be taken for medical tests to confirm that he had eaten the body parts.
Friends described Tuwo, the lead scientist at the laboratory, as a ‘quiet person’ and ‘animal lover’.
Tuwo’s colleague Erling Rumengan described the moment they discovered her body.
He said: ‘We were curious when we looked at the crocodile pool, there was a floating object, it was Deasy’s body.
‘We were afraid to touch it and we immediately report the incident at the Tombariri police station.
‘It’s possible the crocodile jumped from the side. Maybe it’s because the crocodile was still full, it didn’t finish eating her body.’
Merry the crocodile will be evacuated to a wildlife rescue center in Bitung district where tests will be carried out on its stomach the dailymail reported.
Police said they were trying to trace the owner of the crocodile after the incident. He is believed to be a Japanese businessman who opened the research facility. They said he was not at the centre at the time of the incident.
Told, Tomohon Police Chief, Raswin Sirait, ‘We are still looking for the owner of the crocodile, besides that we have coordinated with the authorities in the area.
‘I believe the owner must acknowledge this horrible incident. But we have neither seen him nor know where he is.
‘We also need to know if he is legally permitted to own crocodiles and other expensive aquatics in his company. If there is no permit, he will be detained.’