By Aaron Recuenco
A father gave a big crocodile a dose of its own medicine by repeatedly biting the beast to free his 12-year old son from its jaws in Balabac town in Palawan over the weekend.
Supt. Socrates Faltado, spokesman of the MIMAROPA (Mindoro provinces, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) regional police, said Tejada Abdulhasan was apparently forced to use his only weapon he had during that time since the crocodile was already pulling down his son under the river in Barangay Pasig at around 6 p.m. on Friday.
“He repeatedly bit the soft parts of the crocodile in a bid to rescue his son,” said Faltado.
“This forced the crocodile to release his son and swim away,” he added.
Faltado said that Diego and his younger brother were taking a dip in a river in Sitio Mararango when a crocodile suddenly appeared and bit his left arm.
Diego then tried to free himself and struggled not to be dragged away by the crocodile. The incident was witnessed by the younger brother who immediately ran to their nearby home to tell their parents.
Abdulhasan, the victim’s father, then ran towards the river and tried to hit the crocodile with his fist but to no avail.
But his desperation, coupled with the loud cry of his bloodied son, did not make him lose his spirit.
Abdulhasan told the police that he continuously bit a soft part of the crocodile on one of its legs, and a few minutes later, the bloodied croc gave up and escaped.
“Fortunately and due to the bravery of his father, the victim did not drown and only suffered wounds from crocodile bites,” said Faltado.
The victim was taken to the local hospital for treatment.
Crocodile attacks are common in the southernmost part of Palawan which is home to the saltwater crocodile.
A number of crocodile attacks, most of them deadly, had been reported in the past years.
Experts said crocodile attacks became frequent in the past years as local residents started to invade the natural habitat of the saltwater crocodiles where they breed and hunt for food.