The crocodile with a motorbike tire trapped around its neck pictured on July 1, 2021, in a river near Palu in Indonesia. (Image credit: Mohamad Hamzah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A 13-foot-long (4 meters) crocodile on an Indonesian island has been freed from an unflattering and potentially harmful motorbike tire that had been stuck around its neck for at least six years. A local man who captured the behemoth in a handmade trap managed to remove the rubbery necklace. 

The lengthy crocodile lives in a river near the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi and is known by locals as “buaya kalung ban,” meaning “crocodile with a tire necklace.” Individuals first spotted the croc in 2016, and since then local conservationists have made two failed attempts to catch the animal and remove the tire. Professional crocodile wranglers from Australia also flew to Indonesia to try to catch the elusive reptile, but came up empty-handed, according to ABC News


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