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How do you free a croc stuck in a tyre? Stop polluting!

Vicky Kapur (From the Executive Editor's desk)
Filed on February 5, 2020 | Last updated on February 5, 2020 at 05.14 am
How do you free a croc stuck in a tyre? Stop polluting!
A crocodile, with a motorbike tyre around its neck, by the riverbanks in Palu, Central Sulawesi province.- AFP

The croc is believed to have first surfaced with the rubber necklace in 2016.

Images of a crocodile in Indonesia with a bike tyre stuck around his neck went viral last week after the Outback Wrangler star Matt Wright posted them on his Insta account, urging for help to free the 13-feet-long 'salty' from the protracted chokehold. "Indo croc is tyred of living like this," wrote Wright. The croc is believed to have first surfaced with the rubber necklace in 2016, but conservationists now fear that the growing reptile is in danger of getting strangled if the motorcycle tyre isn't removed soon.

The Central Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency even announced a reward last month for anyone brave enough to free the croc, but the contest had to be called off for lack of takers. Nevertheless, the case of the choking croc is now out there thanks to Wright and international media, and chances are that the authorities will find the resources necessary to relieve the sea creature of his ugly neck jewellery. That said, the episode once again brings into focus the issue of pollution and how we humans are making this world a worse place for not just ourselves, but also for other terrestrial, aquatic and aerial beings. We've managed to pollute everything - from our own backyards to the deepest points in the ocean and the top of the tallest mountain in the world.

We're addicted to single-use plastic and have no qualms about dumping the biohazard in the water we drink or bury it under the soil we use to grow our food. We're heaping garbage on our land, we're releasing harmful gasses and choking our cities, we're contaminating the water bodies with toxins, and we're doing all this as if there is no tomorrow. There won't be one, actually, for our kids and theirs, if we don't stop messing around with nature thanks to our ill-advised habits. The only way we can ensure that no more turtles get strangled by our plastic bags and no more crocs choke on our tyres is to stop polluting our habitat and theirs. The answer to the croc-tyre riddle lies in using a tranquiliser (as one of Wright's fans responded on his Insta feed), but also in not creating waste in the first place.





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