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Humans not on crocodiles’ menu at Sungei Buloh

The letter, “Assess threat of crocodiles at Sungei Buloh” (Dec 12), cited crocodile attacks in Australia.

Tony O’Dempsey

The letter, “Assess threat of crocodiles at Sungei Buloh” (Dec 12), cited crocodile attacks in Australia.

While I can understand the concern for public safety, I wish to point out that the crocodiles that have taken up residence at the wetland reserve over the past several years are small in size and number.

We are not on their menu, and the risk to the public remains within acceptable limits. Sensible precautions are, however, necessary.

Visitors should not approach the crocodiles or throw sticks or stones at them and should simply back away if one encounters the animal on a trail.

This also applies to monitor lizards, otters, snakes and monkeys, all of which may be encountered at Sungei Buloh. They are capable of inflicting injury when approached or abused.

We are fortunate to have a wildlife reserve like Sungei Buloh, where the coastal habitat has been restored through good management over the past 20 years, to the extent that native animals such as otters and crocodiles are prepared to make it their home.

I have visited it several times with my grandchildren for several years now and am at ease when it comes to their safety; none of them has been eaten by a crocodile.

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