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. lol

    never smile at a crocodile

    September 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. As long as we focus on the plight of foreigners...

    ...what chance focusing on our own? We give so very much attention to foreigners like this majecitic crocodile, is it possible that this focus is because we are afraid to look into the mirror at ourselves...our own bative aligator, for example? Are you afraid to find out why American men and American aligators are becoming increasingly impotent(can't get it up)? What are you afraid of? Do we not study animals and test drugs on them before we take them? Yes, we do. We are all of the Animal Kingdom ya know.

    September 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Crockleton Hesston, President of the National Crododile Association

    Crocodiles don't kill people. People kill people.

    September 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I really want to say, that I am disgusted in the death of such a beautiful animal. However, I do not know the tragedies of the local people and/or their culture. So I have mixed emotions.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      Robert,

      it's not dead. yet. it's gonna be a star of an eco-tourism farm or something.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dudestski

    The largest crocodile ever held in captivity is an Estuarine–Siamese hybrid named Yai (Thai: ใหญ่, meaning big) (born 10 June 1972) at the famous Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, Thailand. This animal measures 6 m (19.69 ft) (19 ft 8 in) in length and weighs 1114.27 kg.

    I think they were smart to capture it. Its worth more than its weight in Louis Vuitton

    September 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James

    test

    September 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. red jenkins

    For all u sayin its a man a lizard suit, a 21 foot man in a lizard suit would impressive too

    September 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. redneckssuck

    Anyone need some boots?

    September 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ZINGBOT

    MY CWOCKADILE!!!!!

    ZZZZZINNNNNNNGGGGG

    September 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. loriey

    I can imagine what Steve Irwin would say if he were still alive! Crikey mates!
    How will they be able to feed this crocodile since they are not a wealthy country?

    September 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carawaigh

      Very carefully.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franz ^_^

      you speak as if you've been to our country... please think twice before you write anything.... i am from the Philippines but I bet 99% of my friends are richer than you are

      September 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • OLETHALAKE

      they will feed it small children that dont listen to their parents...or politians! same dif

      September 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. augustghost

    must be a republican

    September 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sharif

    I I m glad they didn't kill it

    September 6, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patrish

    well at least they didn't kill it!

    September 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dudestski

    Earth is a small spec seen in space. We must find a way to coexist. The alternate are stories like this aired just hours ago after this article:
    An 8-foot-long alligator sank its teeth into a 90-year-old woman's leg and tried to drag her into a canal in southern Florida, a spokeswoman for the state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.
    Margaret Webb was walking in her flooded yard Wednesday in rural Copeland, Florida, about 80 miles west of Miami, when the alligator lunged at her and grabbed her by her left leg, commission spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro said.
    Dewain Daniels, who was driving by, stopped to help the woman, Ferraro said, and pulled her out of the water away from the alligator. But that didn't stop the huge reptile, which tried to come out of the water three times.
    Daniels shot the alligator between the eyes with a .22 Magnum rifle, according to the incident report from the wildlife commission, and it retreated into the water.
    Webb was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, where she's in critical condition after having her left leg amputated below the knee, Ferraro said. She's also being treated for a bite on her right leg.

    September 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • dudestski

      My name is Marc and I live in the year 2067. I'm using a time "fold" which allows me to connect with real time data from 2011and I'm writing on this blog to tell you that you have unknowingly captured the last living creature that will prove to produce the only working vaccine to successfully eradicate a future viral outbreak the world will soon know as EBOVX aka an evolved form of the Ebola virus which has wiped out 35% of the world's population as of today July 15, 2067. You must return it to its's natural habitat for the sake of our survival! None of which I state is false and to prove this I state an event in history which is marked by a stock market will crash to arrive in the timeline this Friday September 9th marking real start of the "Great Recession". I implore you to act for there is

      September 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andy

    Why do we need these creatures captive? Leave them to their natural habitat. Its 21' and 2,370 lbs are because its survived many years out of the hands of humans. The poor thing will probably die in captivity sooner than it would at home where it belongs. Why do we see this as something successful when the beast just wants to live its life? Should be ashamed. Its a living creature, not a 'monster.' Humans are the real monsters.

    September 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carawaigh

      Then where will we find space for the wild hippy preserves?
      Oh, I get it. Just put them in with the crocs. Clever!

      September 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • flower12

      I could not agree more. It is ABSOLUTELY disgusting that they captured this alligator.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob III

      Poor creature? The same one that ate a few people? Go &*%^ a panda.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      Andy,

      I wonder if you would say the same if it ate your little girl, your brother or your source of livelihood. The locals didn't set out to capture it out of sheer boredom. Dogs have been killed for attacking and injuring a man in US.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lino

      @ Andy – So you would prefer this croc to kill, Eat and threaten a community of humans – you need to expand your thinking about this situation

      September 7, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Carawaigh

    Can't. The croc's keeping kosher.

    September 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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