It might sound like something from the mind of a James Bond villain, but the head of Indonesia’s anti-drugs agency insists he’s serious about introducing crocodile prison guards.
Budi Waseso has proposed building a new island prison for death row drug convicts that’s guarded by crocodiles.
“You can’t bribe crocodiles. You can’t convince them to let inmates escape,” says Waseso. “We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile.”
The agency’s spokesperson Slamet Pribadi insists the proposal is not a joke and also confirmed that they were looking at the possibility of using tigers and piranhas as guards.
According to Pribadi, “Drug trafficking is an extraordinary crime and therefore the fight must also be extraordinary, we cannot fight the usual way.”
Indonesia is by no means the first country to use animals for dangerous jobs. Following decades of civil war that filled the country with landmines, the Colombian police have trained rats to sniff out the deadly bombs.
Their small size means they don’t trigger the landmines to explode, plus they’re easier and cheaper to train than dogs.
Throughout military history, pigeons have played an important role. With their homing ability and speed, they have been used as war messengers and often changed the course of battles.
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