Quick to seize a money-making opportunity, Hong Kong's entrepreneurs have begun cashing in on the Yuen Long crocodile. From souvenirs to tours and catering, the elusive beast is proving to be a boon for local business. The Harbour Plaza Resort City in Tin Shui Wai has begun offering crocodile tour and room packages starting from $488. 'Everyone has been very excited about it,' general manager Stephen Chu Ying-lek said. 'We did a little marketing and the phone just went crazy. It's just been phenomenal.' The hotel is at full capacity tonight, 95 per cent tomorrow and 92 per cent on Monday. 'We had that whole Harbour Fest thing, but we didn't get much business out of it,' Mr Chu said. 'This thing probably didn't cost $100 million, but it's just been a godsend.' The operator of a ferry that shuttles people from one side of the Yuen Long creek to the other, close to where the crocodile is seen most often, said he had seen a dramatic increase in passenger numbers. 'Before the crocodile came, I could make about $200 to $300 a day taking birdwatchers across,' the man, who only gave his surname as Chan, said. 'But last Sunday, I made more than $1,000.' Tong Fung-yee, who had been watching the crocodile for the previous 10 days, decided to try and cash in on its popularity by selling crocodile toys, which were being manufactured by local villagers. 'This is my first day, and business is not so good,' said Ms Tong, who had only sold one of the souvenirs over several hours. Lok Wai-tung, the owner of the Hi Yip Canteen, realised early on that someone would need to feed the crocodile's fans. He stuck his menu to a couple of the trees near the reptile's favourite haunt, and sales had been improving ever since. 'Most of the new business comes from journalists or other media people,' Mr Lok said. 'I am selling about 20 to 30 more lunch sets a day, and about 10 to 20 extra dinner sets.' Trade was so brisk, the canteen started offering a bicycle delivery service to satisfy the media flock. 'I don't want the crocodile to be caught,' Mr Lok said. 'It's good for business.' Meanwhile, it seems the local wildlife is taking it on itself to tackle the strange interloper. Michael Tang, who was cycling around the area with two friends, saw a dog trying to achieve what hunter John Lever had so far been unable to do. 'We saw a black dog trying to attack the crocodile,' Mr Tang said. 'But the croc just slipped straight into the water and disappeared.' He also saw wading birds peck at the crocodile as it rested on the bank - possibly in an attempt to discourage it after it was caught on film on Wednesday devouring a freshly caught duck. 'It was pretty strange to watch,' he said.