A man was bathing in a river when he was snatched by a crocodile and taken down below. Villagers searched for his body but to no avail. They decided to go to a witch doctor who specialized in crocodiles. (Witch doctors specialize? Who knew?) The witch doctor cast a spell ordering the man to be returned to the village alive. Incredibly, the crocodile returned the man to the village without eating him and is caught on video doing it.
The predator is purportedly seen floating to the banks with the naked body of Syarifuddin in its jaws as the gathered crowd looks on, in video footage from the scene.
It then dropped off the corpse sparking suggestions the saltwater crocodile, which can grow up to 5.2m as an adult, had actually been guarding the victim’s body from other predators seeing as it hadn’t been eaten.
Friend Andi Resmin who was with Syarifuddin when he was captured by the croc said: ‘He was just in the water and the crocodile humped at him and took him.’
Local resident, Eet, said there was a local myth that anyone bathing with clothes on in the river would be fine – but bathing naked would result in a crocodile attack.
The officer said nothing was returned that evening and so residents contacted a crocodile charmer and the body appeared the next morning on Wednesday.
Hamid said it was ‘very weird’ that three crocodiles emerged from the river, suggesting the body of the man was being protected so that ‘the victim could be delivered’.
He said: ‘People also bathe in the water, so again, it is unlucky that he was killed by the crocodile.’
Police Inspector Hamid said the ‘important thing was that the body had been found’ and that locals were now ‘hunting the crocodile that attacked’ the man.