JAKARTA, Indonesia Villagers found two human hands, a leg and a pair of shorts inside a half-ton crocodile they trapped and killed in eastern Indonesia, a conservationist said Wednesday.
At least five people have gone missing in recent months in the same area of East Nusa Tenggara province and are believed to have been eaten by a crocodile or crocodiles, said local conservationist Lorens Mbatu.
The 16-foot-long reptile captured Monday is suspected of having eaten a 59-year-old fisherman, who was last seen a week ago near a river in the province about 750 miles east of the capital, Jakarta.
Thousands of crocodiles inhabit this vast archipelago of 17,000 islands. Man-eaters are rare.
But residents have been warned that at least two more dangerous saltwater crocodiles suspected of devouring dozens of cattle, pigs, goats and poultry remain at large.
The villagers who found human body parts inside the captured crocodile's abdomen along with skull fragments and strands of hair cut the beast into pieces and shared the meat, Mbatu said.
"People here believe they must eat the flesh of a crocodile that has eaten a human so there will be no more victims," he said.