An 11-year-old boy was attacked and eaten alive by a crocodile in Papua New Guinea.
According to News.com.au, police commander Lincoln Gerari told a local newspaper that Melas Mero, was attacked by a crocodile while he was fishing with his parents last Thursday.
Authorities said that the animal knocked Mero down and then started ripping him to shreds. It then ate his remains.
“The crocodile swept the boy with its tail and then attacked the defenseless child,” Gerari noted.
The commander said that the child’s limbs were found inside the 13-foot croc that was captured and killed. The boy’s head was found nearby.
CrocBITE, the Worldwide Crocidilian Attack Database operated by researchers at Australia’s Charles Darwin University, stated on its website that the boy was killed by a saltwater crocodile. The attack was the second in the country this year after a man was fatally attacked in January at Rawa Bay in North Bougainville.
Papua New Guinea and Australia have the largest population of saltwater crocodiles in the world.