[dropcap]S[/dropcap]YDNEY – As many as 70 crocodile heads were found dumped and left to rot in a freezer in a small town in northern Australia.
A group of children found the freezer that had been left behind a local shop at a small town called Humpty Doo, 40 km southeast of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory (NT), reported Xinhua.
Authorities said at least 50 crocodile heads but as many as 70 had been stuffed inside the freezer.
NT national parks and wildlife officers have joined the investigation.
Crocodiles are considered a protected species in Australia and anyone convicted of killing the animal faces a fine of $55,779 or five years in jail.
A limited number of permits are issued each year for local hunters to kill or remove crocodiles that pose a danger to the community.
Crocodile skin is incredibly valuable in the global fashion industry.