A Palawan father leapt into a river and repeatedly bit and punched a saltwater croc to free his 12-year-old son from its jaws.
Superintendent Socrates Faltado, of Balabac police, said Tejada Abdulhasan took action as the crocodile was dragging his son, Diego, into the depths of the river at about 6pm on Friday (January 25).
“He repeatedly bit the soft parts of the crocodile in a bid to rescue his son,” he said. “This forced the crocodile to release his son and swim away.”
Diego and a younger brother had been washing in the river at Sitio Mararango when the crocodile suddenly appeared and took hold of his left arm.
As Diego struggled to free himself, his brother ran to their nearby home to raise the alarm.
Croc had taste of its own medicine
Without hesitation, Mr Abdulhasan ran into the river and began punching the croc in the head. As this seemed to have little effect, the father then began to bite the soft flesh on the inside of one of the beast’s legs.
After a few minutes of this treatment, the bloodied creature, having been given a taste of its own medicine, released hold of Diego and fled the scene.
The boy was rushed to the Balabac Rural Health Unit. He was then referred him to a hospital in Brooke’s Point for further treatment. He sustained gashes on his arm and legs, wounds in his pelvic area, cuts to his face and an eye injury.
Following a hunt, an enormous saltwater croc was captured nearby. Later christened ‘Singko’, the 15.6ft beast was transferred to a crocodile sanctuary in Puerto Princesa.