Antara reported that the crocodile may be a Siamese crocodile, a species native to southeast Asia that’s critically endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Fewer than 1,000 of the crocodiles are thought to be left in the wild.
Indonesian officials have now offered a reward to free the unnamed crocodile from its plight, according to Antara.
“A reward will be given to anyone who can release the hapless reptile,” Central Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Office chief Hasmuni Hasmar said.
Details of the reward were not given.
There have been previous attempts to get the tire off the crocodile. In January 2018, a conservationist and “animal whisperer” was unsuccessful in removing the tyre, according to Antara.
Antara also reported that in the same year, the conservation office tried to lure the crocodile using chicken and meat, and a “crocodile trap” also failed.
The crocodile also survived a large earthquake and tsunami that struck the region in 2018.
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