Indonesian anti-drug official wants piranhas, tigers to go with crocodile guards
Budi Waseso said he was now thinking of using tigers and piranha fish too
JAKARTA — When Indonesia's anti-drugs czar announced plans to guard a death-row prison island with crocodiles, the government rushed to explain that it was just a joke, but on Friday Budi Waseso said he was now thinking of using tigers and piranha fish too.
Media quoted the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) chief as saying that he had already obtained two crocodiles from a farm to study their power and aggression and may ultimately put as many as 1,000 in place to keep convicts from escaping.
"The number will depend on how big the area is, or whether perhaps to combine them with piranhas," he told reporters, according to the rimanews.com portal. "Because the (prison) personnel numbers are short we can use wild animals. We could use tigers too – for conservation at the same time."