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Fisherman catches rare crocodile in Beirut River

Fisherman Fadi Baalbaki carries a crocodile he caught in the Beirut river, Thursday, April 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: A fisherman caught a 9-kilogram crocodile in the Beirut River Thursday, a rare sight in Lebanese waters.

“I was fishing as usual for fish in the river and I spotted the crocodile which I have being seeing for almost a year in the water,” Fadi Baalbaki told The Daily Star.

“As soon as he approached my net, I throw it on him and pulled,” he said, adding that the animal tore most of the net as it tried to escape.

Dozens of people gathered near the river to take a peek at the animal while others pulled out their phones for pictures.

“This is the first time I see a crocodile like this in Lebanon,” the fisherman said, adding that he would most likely sell the animal.

“Do you have any idea how much that would sell for?”

The fisherman said the crocodile weighed 9.5 kilograms and was 137 centimeters long.





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