BAC LIEU — Police in the southern province of Bac Lieu's Phuoc Long District have warned local people about a recent spate of thefts in which a reported 250 crocodiles went missing.
The loss, estimated at VND250 million ($11,000), occurred over the past two weeks in an area considered to be Viet Nam's crocodile farming centre, with more than 300,000 of the reptiles.
According to local farmers, most of the cases happened between midnight and 3am when thieves were able to break in without waking the sleeping adults and steal the baby animals. They said most of crocodiles stolen were small, between 4-7 kg, making them less dangerous to capture. —VNS