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Claim: Photographs show human remains discovered inside a crocodile.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, November 2007]
Origins: As is often the case, the images displayed above appear to be a case of someone's matching up (presumably real) photographs of unknown origin with a similar but completely unrelated news account.
These pictures began to circulate via e-mail forward in mid-November 2007 under a title of "Don't Fish Too Close to the Bank!", with no accompanying information about when, where, or under what circumstances the photographs were taken. A few weeks later, they were matched up with a
A Florida man police said was breaking into cars at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming was attacked and killed by a 9-foot alligator while trying to run from police.However,
Investigators said officers responded to reports of car break-ins at a Miccosukee Indian Reservation parking lot located at 500 S.W. 177th Ave. in Miami.
One of the men was quickly captured by officers during the incident last week but the other robbery suspect tried to elude officer by jumping into a large pond behind the facility.
During the swim, police said, an alligator attacked and killed the man. He was apparently bitten on the head several times.
The victim's body was recovered at the bottom of the pond about a day after the reported break-ins.
Villagers found two human hands, a leg and a pair of shorts inside a half-ton crocodile they trapped and killed in eastern Indonesia, a conservationist said.However, we have not found any evidence that definitively links these photographs with the man-eating crocodile killed in Indonesia. Indeed, the men shown in the top two pictures look like pleased hunters posing with a trophy kill, not Indonesian villagers who have just captured a beast suspected of having eaten several local residents. At this point we can't even verify that the bottom four pictures (the
At least five people have gone missing in recent months in the same area of East Nusa Tenggara province and are believed to have been eaten by a crocodile or crocodiles, said local conservationist Lorens Mbatu.
The 16-foot-long reptile is suspected of having eaten a 59-year-old fisherman, who was last seen a week earlier near a river in the province about
The villagers who found human body parts inside the captured crocodile's abdomen — along with skull fragments and strands of hair — cut the beast into pieces and shared the meat, Mbatu said.
"People here believe they must eat the flesh of a crocodile that has eaten a human so there will be no more victims," he said
Last updated: 27 December 2007
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