The man, identified as Syarifuddin, 41, was bathing in a river with friends when the beast pounced and dragged him beneath the water in Berau, Indonesia, on Tuesday at 6.20pm.
Well — I am uncertain as to what to say about this. The return of the body by a crocodile is certainly unusual given that we may expect the crocodile to have either eaten the victim or stored part of the body under the water for later consumption, or to attract other prey. The return of a seemingly unharmed corpse is thus at odds with what is held to be typical behaviour for the predator.
Further complicating the matter is the idea that the magician could make the crocodile return the body, yet locals had to later mount a hunt for the animal to kill the animal? Surely the magician could have aided with such a goal? It is also illogical as to why they failed to attack the animal when it returned the body. Given that the magician asked for the return of the body, it is far from certain if the man was even killed by a crocodile — there seems to be little sign of damage from any bite or death roll. Perhaps the victim died of other causes and the animal was merely aiding the magician?