Extraordinary moment a crocodile carries the intact body of a boy, four, to rescuers a mile away from where he drowned in Indonesian river
- Muhammad Ziyad Wijaya, 4, went missing in East Kalimantan two days before
- A 10-foot-long crocodile swam nearly 700 feet carrying the boy on its back
- The reptile dropped the boy off at a boat on the Mahakam River in Borneo
This is the extraordinary moment a crocodile carries the intact body of a four-year-old boy to rescuers a mile away from where he drowned in a river in Indonesia.
The boy – named in local media as Muhammad Ziyad Wijaya – had gone missing two days before near the Jawa Estuary in the province of East Kalimantan.
Startling footage from the Mahakam River in Borneo shows the giant croc swimming through the water carrying the youngster on its back.
Baffled fishermen spotted the 10-foot-long reptile as it swam nearly 700 feet across the estuary bay towards a boat.
The boy – named in local media as Muhammad Ziyad Wijaya (left) – had gone missing two days before near the Jawa Estuary in the province of East Kalimantan
The reptile – normally one of nature’s most ruthless killers – dropped the body by a boat, where two men are seen pulling the boy’s body aboard.
It meant that the family could be reunited with their son.
Local media reports there were no bite marks on the body.
Members of the East Kalimantan Search and Rescue Agency received information that a crocodile was carrying the child they had been looking for.
Melkanius Kotta, leader of the team, said: ‘We think the crocodile actually aided in the search for the victim.
‘Nothing is missing. Everything is intact.’
An unnamed bystander filmed the incredible moment as the two men inside the boat quickly took over the dead child.
The crocodile then disappeared beneath the surface of the water.
It is now yet known what caused Muhammad to drown or if the estuary’s crocodiles had anything to do with his death.
Initial observations allegedly show that the little boy was not a victim of the giant reptile, but accidentally fell into the river while playing.
This is the extraordinary moment a crocodile carries the intact body of a four-year-old boy to rescuers a mile away from where he drowned in a river in Indonesia
The reptile – normally one of nature’s most ruthless killers – dropped the body by a boat, where two men are seen pulling the boy’s body aboard
The crocodile’s 700 foot swim meant that Muhammad’s body could be reunited with his family
After the footage gained widespread online attention, many netizens speculated that the crocodile intentionally delivered Muhammad due to compassion and instinct.
Crocodiles kill an average of around 1,000 people a year but do not generally set out to hunt humans.
According to ResearchGate, there were 221 crocodile attacks in Borneo between 2007 and 2016, resulting in 129 deaths.
Sarawak and East Kalimantan had the highest numbers of reported attacks.
In February last year a man was eaten alive by a crocodile while bathing in an Indonesian river.
Luther, 51, was bathing in the water in the North Kalimantan province when a 13-foot crocodile dragged him underwater as his friends tried to scare the animal away.
Three species of crocodile are known to inhabit Borneo – the Saltwater crocodile, Siamese crocodile and the Tomistoma.