Crocodiles Go Hungry Due To Shortage Of Tourists
Animal lovers are particularly perturbed by the above headline in today's Jakarta Post, the paper edition that is.
Terrorist outrages, travel warnings, SARS, avian flu, polio outbreaks, Schapelle Corby, the visa-on-arrival policy ~ you name it, they've all been blamed for the lack of wandering tourists.
The ramifications are wider spread than most would have imagined. It seems that not only are souvenir sellers, beach massage ladies, postcard purveyors, hotel and restaurant owners, and related tourism industries severely crocked, but the crocs are too.
Hang on a sec.
I've just noticed that the Asam Kumbang Crocodile Breeding Farm, listed as an official tourist site since 1982, in Medan, where 'Er Indoors comes from, needs the entrance fees from tourists to buy the ton of chicken meat needed every day to feed an estimated 2,700 animals.
PS. Whilst browsing, still online having posted the above, I came across this post