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Boy eaten by crocodile
MANILA, Aug 14: A boy was killed after being snatched from a boat by a saltwater crocodile in the southern Philippines, as the reptiles' shrinking habitat leads to repeated attacks, authorities said on Wednesday.
The 10-year-old was on board with his two older siblings near the town of Balabac, which is notorious for confrontations with the massive creatures, when he was yanked into the water.
His father failed to find the boy after an overnight search, but a fisherman discovered the child's half-eaten remains late Monday in a mangrove swamp, a police report said.
The Philippines' booming development and population have steadily invaded the creatures' habitat, forcing them into ever-smaller stretches of swamp. -AFP