Earlier this month, Anhui province experienced severe flooding and to somehow make things even worse, 92 alligators escaped from a local farm. While officials reassured the public that “most” of the escaped gators had been caught, one of the Yangtze alligators, an endangered species, appears to have found its way ashore and into some villager’s wok.
Seems like these locals didn’t get the notice about endangered alligators on the loose.
A video showing six villagers in Anhui killing, skinning and boiling an alligator has gone viral on WeChat. Subsequently, officials released a statement calling for an investigation into the killing and consuming of the 1 meter long endangered gator.
However, luckily for the police, one of the six men, surnamed Liang, turned himself in and gave up the names of his five other accomplices, Sina reports.
Thanks to a new law preventing endangered species from being consumed, these men will be facing charges for illegally hunting and killing a first-class protected animal.
The Yangtze alligator is one of the smallest alligators in the world and a critically endangered species. It’s estimated that there are only 120 of them left in the wild.
Well, no more chomping down on this species, but you can always head up to Liaoning for some crunchy crocodile kebabs.
By Sarah Lin
[Images via Sina]