Taken from the Kuwait Times:
KUWAIT: A Kuwaiti resident rushed home from work after his housemaid called to tell him that there was a “huge lizard inside”, only to find that the reptile was actually a crocodile. The animal had mysteriously made its way inside the house located in Salwa’s Block 11 before it was first spotted by the family’s domestic helper on Tuesday morning. The terrified maid immediately called her employer who was at work and told him that there was a huge lizard in the courtyard of his house.
He first suggested that she use a slipper to kill it, but she later called again and said that the lizard was too big and she couldn’t do anything about it. He rushed home after the maid told him she was thinking of leaving the house because she feared for her life.
On heading home, the man found a 1.5 meter-long crocodile waiting for him in the courtyard, so he quickly grabbed a firearm and killed it with a shot to the head. The man was quoted by Al-Rai daily yesterday, explaining that the crocodile looked weak and was moving slowly due to extreme heat and hunger. He added that he felt he was left with no other choice than to kill the animal before it could harm any of his family members who were locked inside their rooms.
The man demanded an investigation to determine the source of the crocodile – which had most likely escaped from its owner who had probably kept it as a pet in a nearby house. “Has Kuwait’s environment turned overnight to something similar to Australia’s where crocodiles roam freely near rivers?” the man exclaimed. Petting crocodiles and other exotic animals is reportedly on the rise in Kuwait where the animals are usually kept inside homes or farms.
To bypass local regulations that totally ban importing wild animals for domestication, crocodiles, snakes, lizards, and even jungle predators such as cheetahs, lions and tigers in addition to wolves and monkeys are usually smuggled, bred inside farms and sold at high prices to people who enjoy keeping dangerous pets as a hobby. Social networking sites have become a platform for local ‘breeders’ to market their exotic pets at prices that reach up to KD5,000 ($17,600) for a lion cub, KD 4,000 ($14,000) for a python and KD 1,000 ($3,500) for a crocodile. — Agencies