21-foot monster crocodile caught
Villagers gather by the 21-foot-long crocodile after it was captured on Saturday.
September 6th, 2011
01:01 PM ET

21-foot monster crocodile caught

Wildlife authorities in the Philippines say they have captured a 21-foot-long, 2,370-pound saltwater crocodile, thought to be the largest creature of its kind now in captivity.

The croc was captured in Agusan del Sur marsh on the southern Philippine island of Mindinao, according to a report on GMA News. Hunters had been trying to capture it for 21 days, the report said. It was finally captured on Saturday by a team of about 30 men who used meat to bait it and an eight millimeter metal cable to snare it, according to an Agence-France Presse report on ABS.CBN News.

Edwin Cox Elorde, mayor of the remote town of  Bunawan near where the croc was caught, said the reptile will become the star of a nature park there, according to the AFP report.

The previous largest crocodile in captivity is an 18-footer in Australia, according to Guinness World Records.

Crocodiles are suspected in the deaths of a local fisherman earlier this year and a girl a few years ago, according to the news reports, but authorities could not say whether the monster caught Saturday was responsible.

Cox Elorde told Inquirer news in the Philippines that there could be a thousand more large crocodiles in the marsh, but he denied earlier reports that locals would try to catch another.

He also said the croc captured Saturday has been named Lolong, after local hunter Ernesto “Lolong” Conate, who died of a stroke while helping plan the capture of the reptile.

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  1. Just me

    that'd big one huge pair of boots.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. smass

    I think you're gonna need a bigger boat.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. I heart dust

    Hey!

    September 6, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. hmmm

    release it back in the wild, and it will surely be tracked by poachers and sold to Louis Vuitton. The best thing happened to the beast by being captured alive.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. DC

    Is that Kobe in the background looking for another team to play for?

    September 6, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Zach

    why do we take these creatures and take them out of their habitats for our benefit? Taking this creature to a park to be a main attraction is absurd.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Waaambulance

      Did you actually read the article? I take it you did not because it clearly states they were hunting it for 21 days because it was killing villagers and livestock. Nowhere in the article did it say they hunted it strictly to put it on display, that is just an added bonus for the safety of the croc and the villagers and livestock as well. Go eat another PETA pocket and calm down, everyone is now safe (including the croc) thanks to the brave villagers that tracked it down and humainely captured it instead of killing it.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jerry

      This croc killed and ate a villager. Perhaps if you volunteered to -personally train this croc not to eat the locals, you could convince the locals into the wild again. Of course, if your unsuccessful, the locals could use your remains as fertilizer after the croc has digested you.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • toof987

      Waaambulance if you read the article you'd also notice they admit there's no proof that this particular animal had anything to do with the killings over the past couple years.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Who needs proof? At its size it could eat anything infront of it. I think if you live in the same town you would have a diff opinion :)

      September 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Truththiness

    If something that size can hide on land (and somewhat underwater) imagine what lurks in the deep ocean...GIANT SHRIMP!!! Man eating shrimp...

    September 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Bob

    Was Sarah Palin feeding that thing 'smores?

    September 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Zach

    yes that probably would happen, but putting it in a park for idiotic Americans to view is ridiculous. Take it to a place where it can be wild, but under watch.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • larry

      Believe it or not, "idiotic Americans" as a whole have a greater appreciation for natural beauty and ecological preservation, not to mention better resrources to maintain this animal, than Filipinos.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sameolebs

      Damn all those "idiotic Americans" living in the Philippines aka the 51st state.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      What's with the crack about Americans? I don't imagine many Americans will make the trip to some remote area in the Philippines to see this croc; it's for the locals. Twit.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan Swift

      I think "idiotic Americans" used to have a greater appreciation for natural beauty and ecological preservation, but unfortunately, corporate greed has burrowed into the pockets of policy makers.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      Maybe when we have paid off the national debt, we can afford a safari park for the crocodile, and jeeps and buses for the tourists.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Phil

    These so-called records? Crocodile at Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA is 19 feet long. Some society should hire the same guy with the same yardstick to measure each of these animals so that there could be some hope of accuracy.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Leave the poor creature alone

    Why capture it? Just leave it alone and let it live it's life the best way it can.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Patricia

    Humans are the worst creatures on earth that capture and kill other species for records and because they believe the world just belongs to them... Sad.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ron

      Welcome to the top of the food chain, Patricia. Maybe you'd like to go free that croc, and then you could be its first meal as a free animal.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jonathan Swift

    Reminds me of Gulliver's Travels

    September 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Err

    They captured it because there are people living near the said location. You won't waste time capturing a beast that can eat you alive if it wasn't a threat to anyone, will you?

    September 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Xto

    Capturing it is the best decision. It's a notorious man hunter and eater and many could fall prey to it in the wild.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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