Horrified staff at CV Yosiki Laboratory made the grim discovery at around 8.45am on Friday when they noticed a ‘strange shape’ in the water
A SCIENTIST was eaten alive by a 17ft long crocodile after being dragged into its enclosure while she fed it last week.
Deasy Tuwo, 44, was feeding croc Merry early on Friday morning at the CV Yosiki Laboratory in Indonesia when the beast appears to have reared and leapt up an 8ft high concrete wall, pulling her into the water.
Tuwo, the head of the lab, was found by her co-workers at around 8.45am that day, after they noticed a “strange shape” in the water.
The reptile was found lying on the ground with Deasy’s savaged body in its jaws.
It had ripped off Deasy’s left arm and mutilated her upper torso.
Merry had previously killed another croc that shared its pool, and staff said it was known to be a troubled animal.
Rescue workers battled to retrieve the woman’s remains from the croc, which thrashed violently every time they tried to fish the corpse from the water.
The reptile was captured and picture in the city of Tomohon strapped to a flat-bed truck, before it was transported away for medical tests to confirm whether he had eaten any body parts.
Former Colleague Merry Supit said: “She was the head of the lab. A quiet person. We’re confused about how this happened.
Another co-worker, Erling Rumengan said: ”We were curious when we looked at the crocodile pool, there was a floating object, it was Deasy’s body.
“We were afraid to touch it and we immediately reported the incident at the Tombariri police station.
“It’s possible the crocodile jumped from the side. Maybe it’s because the crocodile was still full, it didn’t finish eating her body.”
The crocodile will be taken to a wildlife rescue centre in Bitung district where tests will be carried out on its stomach.
Police said they were trying to trace the owner of the crocodile after the incident.
He is believed to be a Japanese businessman – the same man who opened the research facility.
Police said he was not at the centre at the time of the incident, and had not been seen or heard from since the news of it broke.
Raswin Sirait, Tomohon Police Chief, said: “We are still looking for the owner of the crocodile, besides that we have coordinated with the authorities in the area.
“I believe the owner must acknowledge this horrible incident.
“We also need to know if he is legally permitted to own crocodiles and other expensive aquatics in his company.
“If there is no permit, he will be detained.”