Half-Eaten Corpse of 7-Year-Old Grabbed by Crocodile Tragically Found

On Monday, a 7-year-old girl of Buasing village in Papua New Guinea was tragically killed by a crocodile attack.

According to multiple reports, the girl was swimming in the Budaim river with her older sister, Alexia Giwi, and their grandmother when the crocodile attacked.

The victim's uncle, Malaclo Lutheran Pastor Gedingyamo Sam, told the Post Courrier that the crocodile attempted to snatch both sisters, but the girl's elder sister was able to escape, though not without scratch marks on her body.

Giwi told Post Courrier that the two girls had been swimming when their grandmother called them out of the water. As the two girls swam to their grandmother, Giwi recounts that the crocodile snatcher her younger sister with its tail, which caused the sister to fall, allowing Giwi to escape.

The attack happened at 10 a.m. on Monday, but the victim's body was not found until the following day. Salamaua Health Centre's Lina Bopi told the Post Courrier that the victim's lower body was "removed and eaten by the crocodile." The remains of the victim's body were buried on Tuesday by her family.

"This is the first time an incident like this has happened at this river," said Pastor Sam in his interview with the Post Courrier. "The community is shocked."

"We know crocodiles are frequenting this coastline ... and we have had three deaths related to crocodile attacks several years ago at Buasic river but not at Budaim river."

Crocodiles can be found in rivers and lakes all across the world, in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australia. Known as "opportunistic predators," crocodiles, like alligators, tend to hide beneath the surface of the water, waiting for the most opportune time to catch their prey. While crocodiles don't intentionally set out to attack humans, these predators won't discriminate when they sense a mammal is near.

Sadly, because children are smaller and easier to grab, the mortality rate of children tends to be higher than that of adults. Because crocodiles can hide underwater for over an hour without being seen, experts remind those swimming or bathing in lakes and rivers to keep close to the shoreline.

Saddened by the death of the young girl, Pastor Sam says that members from neighboring communities have come together to help the family track down the "killer crocodile." The group will hunt along the coastline for the next several days in hopes of finding and killing the crocodile.